We’re longtime fans of Kurt Vile, dating back to his excellent performances at Hive’s 2011 SXSW In My Room taping, when he was just starting to support 2011’s Smoke Ring From My Halo. The Philadelphia-based songwriter is back now with a new, more expansive album, Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze. As he told us back in February, the album spawned from what can only be described as a “Vile state of mind” — mellow, yet jammed out, with his lush voice providing a captivating backdrop.
Vile recently stopped by our studios and to chat about his new record with Matt Pinfield for this latest episode of The Hivecast. He expanded on why he chose to lead his record with a nine-minute track. “I figured it would be long, but it’s all about getting into the vibes, this really pretty zone,” he says. “It’s all about pacing and being in no rush, but keeping you sucked in and pop-sensible, somehow. I just wanted to jam it out at the end to see what worked, thinking I’d fade it out. I couldn’t do it. It felt too right.”
For this and more about Vile’s musical heritage, stream the episode below. Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze is out now on Matador.