Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Pitchfork Reviews Kurt Vile's Square Shells EP

Vile has a gift for finding just the right textures for his songs. At his best, every layer of sound is sumptuous in its own way. This holds true whether he's fingerpicking or just wandering around the neck of his guitar, and whether with a full band or alone with just a drum machine. At his worst, songs can get lost in too much gauze and too many effects, but Vile doesn't make that mistake this time out. On opener "Ocean City", his vocals are clear and his strumming is as playful as the melody is light, and the result is one of the cleanest songs he's put to tape. Elsewhere, Vile goes it alone along more familiar routes and demonstrates his way with immersive mood. "Invisibility: Nonexistent" is a particularly strong example, a seven-minute drone-driven piece with a repeating maze of lazy drum machine and distant guitar work.

You can read the rest of the review here, and head over to InDigest to download "Invisivility:Nonexistant."

Kurt Vile performs at LPR on July 9th along with Real Estate and Big Troubles. Get tickets here.

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