Kurt Vile – Bottle It In

Kurt Vile's new album Bottle It In takes listeners of a journey of discovery

Album Review by John Houston | 10 Oct 2018
  • Kurt Vile – Bottle It In
Album title: Bottle It In
Artist: Kurt Vile
Label: Matador Records
Release date: 12 Oct

Kurt Vile has released six acclaimed and successful solo albums, was a founding member of The War On Drugs (and lead guitarist on their debut album), and most recently collaborated with Courtney Barnett on Lotta Sea Lice. His seventh solo record Bottle It In will no doubt stand as another great triumph.

Bottle It In carries you on a journey of discovery. There’s a consistently eerie guitar tone throughout, providing dramatic impact on the lyrical content. Each song breeds its own familiarity, with repetitive guitar lines and slack vocals on the majority of the tracks adding to an amiable vibe.

Opening song Loading Zones swings from section to section with fluidity, echoing Neil Young. Cold Was The Wind trades reality for a rainy day, made up of tired eyes and bold greys, casually bursting into colour with a relaxed air. The track Mutinies reveals a humble anxiety, riddled with authentic and true sentiment and confidence. The album also features cameos from Cass McCombs, Kim Gordon, Lucius, Mary Lattimore, and Stella Mozgawa from Warpaint.

Bottle It In calmly addresses rough themes with maturity and elegance. On his seventh solo album, Kurt Vile discards the negativity, generating an affirmative landscape of awareness.

Listen to: Bassackwards, Loading Zones, One Trick Ponies, Cold Was The Wind

Kurt Vile plays SWG3, Glasgow, 13 Nov http://kurtvile.com