Kurt Vile - So Outta Reach (4 stars)

Kurt Vile - So Outta Reach

EP from Philly native combines lo-fi sensibilities and stadium grandeur


Recorded during the same sessions from Kurt’s applauded fourth album Smoke Ring For My Halo, this six-song EP begins with a far closer resemblance to Leonard Cohen or J Mascis at their most mournful with opener ‘The Creature’. But what’s interesting about Vile’s take on the American anthemic rock tradition is his marginal approach – a heady mixture of removed vocals and Crazy Horse guitar energy buried in decades of reverb.

Other highlight ‘It’s Alright’ crosses wires into the floppy peppiness of Ultra Vivid Scene, with a touch of shoegaze. It’s this effortless combination of lo-fi sensibilities and stadium grandeur that separates the ex-skateboarder’s recordings from your run of the mill, pastiche revivalists. Closers ‘Life’s a Beach’ and ‘So Outta Reach’ strum into a full-on haze of Americana dust without any alt-country withdrawals – a fitting ending to this short and enjoyable circuit. Another distinctive effort from the Philly native.

The EP is also part of a deluxe edition of Smoke Ring For My Halo, released Mon 7 Nov on Matador.

Kurt Vile - "The Creature"

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