Where To Start With... Kurt Vile
Known to many as one of the founding members of Philadelphia indie rockers The War on Drugs along with Adam Graduciel, Kurt Vile left the band shortly after the release of their 2008 debut album Wagonwheel Blues to focus on a solo career that had always run parallel to their early work together, with Graduciel having previously served in the ever-shifting line-up of Vile’s long-time backing band, The Violators.
That solo career has since yielded seven solo albums thus far, beginning with 2008’s Constant Hitmaker, as well as a 2017 collaboration album with Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett, Lotta Sea Lice, in 2017.
His most recent album arrived in the form of 2018’s Bottle It In, an album that would be his last on the Matador imprint that has released all of his albums so far, signing instead with The Velvet Underground’s former label Verve (specifically citing the band as an influence in his decision).
Since then Vile has appeared on Dinosaur Jr.’s album Sweep It Into Space and collaborated with Mazzy Star vocalist Hope Sandoval, as well as contributing a cover version of ‘Run Run Run’ to a Velvet Underground tribute album released in 2021.
His first album for his new label, titled (watch my moves), arrives this week and is co-produced by Vile himself and Rob Schnapf, with whom vile has worked on several of his albums, and contains 15 new tracks including his recent single ‘Like Exploding Stones’ – the video for which you can find below.
Beneath that we’ve picked out five key tracks from his career so far as a guide to those new to Vile’s work…
‘Wakin on a Pretty Day’