Artist of the Week: Kurt Vile
Kurt Vile (1980) is a prolific singer songwriter and producer from Philadelphia who, under the assumed influence of heavyweight musicians such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and John Fahey, started his career releasing cassettes and CD-Rs containing low-fi home recordings.
After creating the indie-rock band The War On Drugs with his collaborator Adam Granduciel, Kurt Vile started to concentrate on his own solo career and released a steady stream of strong and increasingly more adoringly received albums. If Constant Hitmaker (2008) and God is Saying To You (2009) are primarily compilations of his low-fi recordings previously self-released on CDRs, Childish Prodigy (2009) and the Billboard charted Smoke Ring For My Halo (2011) are meticulously produced and arranged records that proved that his band The Violators were the perfect medium for him to explore his growing abilities as a talented songsmith.
The new and already critically acclaimed Wakin On A Pretty Daze (2013) is easily his most focused and accessible work, a album that somehow manages to express quite universally the emotional turmoil felt by a songwriter caught between the thrill of youth and the anxieties of fatherhood and adult life.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.