Philly’s Kurt Vile will release his expansive, ambitious new double-LP Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze next Tuesday, April 9th via Matador Records. The record is a heady, eclectic mix of long-form guitar and synthesizer jams and straight-ahead rockers, and sees the local musician at the top of his game. The album is streaming this week in its entirety via NPR Music’s First Listen series, and NPR’s Otis Hart had this to say:
It’s not often that you’re left wanting more from a nine-and-a-half-minute song, but it’s actually a little sad when “Wakin on a Pretty Day” finally winds down. And you won’t hear a better eight-minute song all year than “Too Hard,” a shambling tearjerker that sounds like a promise to love and protect his infant daughters.
No matter the length, every song on Wakin on a Pretty Daze feels like a ride on one of those moving walkways, when for a few wonderful moments life passes you by just a little slower than normal.
Listen to Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze in its entirety here. Kurt Vile and the Violators play Union Transfer on May 18th; tickets and information are available here. Below, watch Vile’s promo video for “Never Run Away” starring his daughter.