Would you think of Philly singer-songwriter Kurt Vile and classic rock icons Led Zeppelin in the same breath? In their weekly Two for Tuesday feature, Consequence of Sound compared and contrasted both artists’ music, noting that they consider the chaos and confusion of life, especially on tracks like Zeppelin’s “Dazed and Confused” and Vile’s “Wakin on A Pretty Daze.”
The CoS piece points out that Zeppelin, inspired by folk singer-songwriter Jake Holmes’ “Dazed and Confused,” grapples with the dark underside of chaos in their version of “Dazed and Confused”. The song descends to an agonizing place of misery through the progression of the song. Robert Plant, lead singer, confesses to feeling constantly hurt by women, leading him to conclude that “the soul of a woman was created below.”
While Zeppelin seems to be overwhelmed by the cacophony, Vile embraces it. In the gorgeous “Walkin’ On a Pretty Daze”, Vile describes the positives of being aloof. He admits that his brain is fried, but that he doesn’t mind.
Sometimes, it’s the perfect excuse to disconnect and regroup, like Kurt Vile does as he enjoys a bucolic morning by “livin’ low, lackadaisically so.”
Listen to the two tracks below.
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