Kurt Vile gets sentimental on his new song “One Trick Ponies”

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Kurt Vile | photo by Jo McCaughey | courtesy of the artist

Philly’s Kurt Vile releases his latest record, Bottle It In, next Friday via Matador, and it’s shaping up to be an expansive and eclectic set in the vein of his 2013 double LP Wakin On A Pretty Daze. While the previously released central tune “Bassackwards” wandered in weird alleyways for nine-plus minutes, his new “One Trick Ponies” is a pop gem with left-of-center quirks.

While cartoonish vocalizations and trippy sound snippets give this acoustic strummer a lighthearted, irreverent feel, it’s grounded in sincerity thanks to a gospel choir reminiscent of 80s Talking Heads, plus Vile’s sentimental, heart-on-sleeve lyrics about undying love and devotion.

“I’ve always had a soft spot for repetition,” he sings on an early verse about embracing your peers and friends, despite their perceived faults and failings, and later turns the lens on himself: “some are one trick ponies, but so am I / round ’em up into a mixed bag bundle of love.”

Watch the lyric video for “One Trick Ponies” below, and see Kurt Vile when he headlines The Met Philly on December 29th with The Feelies and Snail Mail. Tickets and more information on the concert can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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