Out Now: Kurt Vile Takes Another Laid-Back and Engaging Journey on New Album ‘(watch my moves)’ — Listen

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Rock Cellar Magazine

Guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Vile has carved out his own little niche in the music world, his laid-back guitar-based albums earning him a singular spot in an otherwise crowded indie community.

He’s very comfortable in his own musical skin, so to speak. His ninth solo record to date, (watch my moves), was released Friday, April 15, and is another strong and uniquely Kurt Vile addition to his catalog.

Vile previewed it in recent weeks with a few tracks, including “Like Exploding Stones”:

(watch my moves) features 14 new original songs and a cover of Bruce Springsteen‘s “Wages of Sin,” a previously unheard Springsteen song that surfaced on his 1998 collection Tracks.

Click here to pick up (watch my moves) on CD from our Rock Cellar Store
Click here to pick up (watch my moves) on LP from our Rock Cellar Store

“Flyin (like a fast train),” meanwhile, is a tribute to Vile’s father, who worked for years as a train conductor. The track also pays homage to Philadelphia’s SEPTA Regional Rail.

More about the record:

Recorded mainly at OKV Central—Vile’s newly created home studio in the Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia—(watch my moves) was self-produced along with help from longtime collaborator Rob Schnapf (Richard Thompson, Elliott Smith). “When Waylon Jennings became an outlaw country artist, he liked to record at Hillbilly Central, which was Tompall Glaser’s studio,” Vile shares. “OKV Central is my version of that in Mount Airy. I’ve come into my own here, and at the same time I’m getting back to my home-recording roots.”

Across the album’s 15 songs, Vile pulls his talents in unexpected directions. The result is a vibrant, yet meditative album propelled by his trademark laid-back charm and curious spirit. Every lyric has been chiseled down into an aphorism, every bloom of distorted guitar or murmuring synth helping create that “fried” pop. “It’s about songwriting. It’s about lyrics. It’s about being the master of all domains in the music,” he says. “I’m always thinking about catchy music, even though it’s fried, or sizzled, out. It’s my own version of a classic thing—it’s moving forward and backward at the same time.”

Listen to (watch my moves) below.

Catch Kurt Vile and his band the Violators out on the road in the coming months:

April 26—Norfolk, VA—The NorVa*
April 27—Saxaphaw, NC—Haw River Ballroom*
April 28—Asheville, NC—The Orange Peel*
April 29—Memphis, TN—Beale Street Music Festival 2022
April 30—Atlanta, GA—Shaky Knees Music Festival
May 1—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium*
May 3—Oklahoma City, OK—Jones Assembly*
May 4—Houston, TX—White Oak Music Hall*
May 5—Dallas, TX—Granada Theater*
May 6—Austin, TX—ACL Live at the Moody Theater*
May 7—San Antonio, TX—Aztec Theater*
May 9—Phoenix, AZ—Van Buren*
May 10—San Diego, CA—The Observatory North Park*
May 11—Santa Ana, CA—The Observatory*
May 12—Los Angeles, CA—The Theatre at The Ace Hotel*
May 13—San Francisco, CA—The Fillmore*
May 14—San Francisco, CA—The Fillmore*
May 15—Sonoma, CA—Gundlach Bundschu Winery*
May 17—Portland, OR—Crystal Ballroom*
May 18—Tacoma, WA—Spanish Ballroom*
May 19—Spokane, WA—Knitting Factory*
May 20—Seattle, WA—The Moore*
May 21—Boise, ID—Knitting Factory
May 23—Denver, CO—Ogden Theater
May 25—Minneapolis, MN—First Avenue+
May 26—Milwaukee, WI—Turner Ballroom+
May 27—Chicago, IL—Thalia Hall+
May 28—Chicago, IL—Thalia Hall+
May 29—Chicago, IL—Thalia Hall+
June 1—New York, NY—Webster Hall+
June 2—New York, NY—Webster Hall~
June 3—Philadelphia, PA—Union Transfer+
June 4—Philadelphia, PA—Union Transfer~ (SOLD OUT)
June 23—Santa Fe, NM—Railyard Park
July 9—Toronto, ON—FieldTrip Festival
August 4—St. Charles, IA—Hinterland Music Festival 2022
*with Chastity Belt
+with Natural Information Society
~with Sun Ra Arkestra
August 26—London, U.K.—All Points East Festival
August 27—Bath, U.K.—Forum
August 28—Leeds, U.K.—Stylus
August 29—Glasgow, U.K.—QMU
August 30—Belfast, U.K.—Limelight
August 31—Dublin, Ireland—Vicar Street
September 2—Birmingham, U.K.—Moseley Folk & Arts Festival
September 3—Manchester, U.K.—Manchester Psych Fest
September 4—Dorset, U.K.—End of the Road Festival
September 6—Antwerpen, Belgium—OLT
September 12—Köln, Germany—Gloria Theater
September 13—Amsterdam, the Netherlands—Paradiso
September 14—Nijmegen, the Netherlands—Openluchttheater Goffert
September 15—Berlin, Germany—Huxleys
September 16—Copenhagen, DK—The Grey Hall
September 17—Malmö, Sweden—Plan B
September 19—Kortrijk, Belgium—Depart
September 20—Paris, France—Le Trianon

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