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Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Daze (2013) review

July 18, 2014

Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Daze (2013) review

Kurt Vile “Walkin on a Pretty Daze” (Metador Records, 2013)
By no means is Walkin On A Pretty Daze a lazy album, though
it does have that feeling, that same feeling The Kinks tried to capture on
“Sunny Afternoon,” yet couldn’t seem to sustain the lack of momentum.  But Kurt’s managed to sustain that lack of
momentum and more, where fluffy clouds and contagious yawns pass the day …
and he does it by engaging long soft songs that morph, cycle, re-cycle, and
fold endlessly back onto themselves in true stoner fashion, without edges,
almost without consciousness, existing for but a moment, then caught on a
breeze, and are gone.
I sincerely doubt that these numbers simply rained down on
Kurt Vile … from his lyrics, they seem to have required a great deal of
thought and consideration.  Take the
lines, “To be frank, I’m fried, and that’s fine,” though he follows that up
later with “Not feelin’ it,” which literally means “not eatin’,” because if
one’s not working and creating songs, then there’s no food on the table.  But then he turns the tables and hits us with
a Beat Poet’s attitude on “A Girl Called Alex,” where he obsesses over the
imaginary life he’s created for his friends, endlessly thinking about them, and
weaves one of the sweetest ballads with limited lyrics, that cuts right to the
heart.  And all of this makes the album
more of a literary diary, where in a true Dylan-esq Blonde On Blonde dance
step, he passes out clues through secretive imagery, allowing the listener to
string together some meaningful understanding, and perhaps a new way of
perceiving the world.
Mind you, Walkin On A Pretty Daze is not psychedelic in the
fashion that it reaches out and grabs you, bestowing wondrous visions across
the landscape of your mind … it’s much more ordinary than that, focusing on
being comfortable, being right here where you are, and letting all things
ordinary and comfortable surround and sustain you.  To be honest, the songs barely ebb from the
speakers, they more ooze into being, and once out of the tube, are impossible
to put back in.
And through all of this, if Kurt has any message at all,
it’s that it’s good to do things, it’s great to achieve, yet in true Zen
fashion, allow it all to seem effortless.
Review made by Jenell Kesler/2014
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