Listen: Kurt Vile - (watch my moves)
The latest 15-track release from the singer-songwriters newly-crafted home studio, featuring beautiful melodies delivered with a laid-back charm and curious spirit.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, singer-songwriter and guitarist Kurt Vile spends his days in the Mount Airy neighbourhood with his wife and two daughters, self-producing (with a little help from longtime collaborator Rob Schnapf) in a newly-crafted home studio OKV Central. Since 2018’s Bottle It In album release, Kurt’s been busy collaborating with the likes of John Prine, Courtney Barnett, The War on Drugs, The Sadies, plus more. Recently partnering with Verve Records / Virgin Music Australia Kurt Vile releases his ninth studio album, a 15-track LP titled (watch my moves).
Featuring Kurt’s laid-back charm and curious spirit, (watch my moves) travels through stripped back heart-felt soundscapes, to synth-drenched, shuffling beat, guitar plucking goodness, all tied together with a tender rawness and vulnerable story-telling nature that’s prominent throughout. Reflecting on the release Kurt shares “When Waylon Jennings became an outlaw country artist, he liked to record at Hillbilly Central, which was Tompall Glaser’s studio. OKV Central is my version of that in Mount Airy. I’ve come into my own here, and at the same time I’m getting back to my home-recording roots, It’s about songwriting. It’s about lyrics. It’s about being the master of all domains in the music. I’m always thinking about catchy music, even though it’s fried, or sizzled, out. It’s my own version of a classic thing—it’s moving forward and backward at the same time.”
To accompany the LP's release comes a clip for Flyin (like a fast train) inspired by a life-long love of trains sparked by Kurt Vile’s father who was a train conductor. The music video poetically pays homage to Philadelphia SEPTA regional rail, with footage of Kurt strumming his 12-string and walking alongside, sitting by, and taking a ride on the train line. The track's lyrics hold a great depth that accompany the picturesque shots fittingly. The catchy hook “flyin’ like a fast train, I don’t feel a thing” alongside lush layers of guitar plucks, slides, strums, and a ticking beat beautifully moving along - steady and surly, much like a train.
Out now, be sure to take a wander through the world of Kurt Vile and take a listen to his latest studio album (watch my moves) below.
Kurt Vile's new album (watch my moves) is out now via Verve Records / Virgin Music Australia.