Kurt Vile brings ultimate slacker rock to Huxleys Neue Welt on October 18.
Kurt Vile’s last-week release, Bottle It Up, comes three years after his highly-acclaimed album, b’lieve i’m goin down… gave us that all-too-familiar, gut-wrenching fear that who we’re becoming isn’t who we’re meant to be at all. When I hear b’lieve i’m goin down these days, I’m reminded of age 25, my bones frigid as I’m moving for the fifth time of the year in a drizzly, chilly Berlin December. My tongue is coated with tar from too many cigarettes. My bags are heavy.
In the years since then, Kurt suffered a mental breakdown and rebounded with more music—back with his wordy rock, his tossed-out clever-isms, his soul-crushing guitar solos, and his sense of humor. The album is, indeed, smeared with bitterness, with reflections on watching yourself age, but it’s at times far bouncier and more playful and sure of itself than the 2015 album. Hell, there’s a whole song about illegal parking.
To me, Kurt’s the scraggly-haired free spirit you fall into conversation with at 4 a.m. when you’re the last assholes at the bonfire party.
Shadowed between shoddily-built Midwestern houses, Kurt tells you—stoned, his eyes glazed—precisely what you’ve been thinking about your own life. Shit you’ve been too frightened to verbalize. It’s dark and it’s lonesome and it aches, these sentiments, but he says them with such a “whatever” shrug that you have to laugh.
Find BERLIN LOVES YOU at the Kurt Vile show at Huxleys Neue Welt on October 18, basking in the fanciful lyrics from this lackadaisical poet. It’s an album that glows with self-reflection and autumnal nostalgia. It’s the only way to approach winter.
Huxleys Neue Welt
Hasenheide 107, 10967 Berlin