Acclaimed musician, songwriter and producer Kurt Vile will release his highly-anticipated new album “(watch my moves)” April 15. In advance of the release, the album’s first single, “Like Exploding Stones” is out now.
Recorded mainly at OKV Central – Vile’s newly created home studio in the Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia – “(watch my moves)” was self-produced along with help from longtime collaborator Rob Schnapf (Richard Thompson, Elliott Smith). ‘When Waylon Jennings became an outlaw country artist, he liked to record at Hillbilly Central, which was Tompall Glaser’s studio,’ Vile shares. ‘OKV Central is my version of that in Mount Airy. I’ve come into my own here, and at the same time I’m getting back to my home-recording roots.’ In addition to Schnapf, Vile’s longtime band, The Violators, and James Stewart, the album features special guests Chastity Belt, Cate Le Bon and percussionists Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint, Courtney Barnett) and Sarah Jones (Hot Chip, Harry Styles).
Across the album’s 15 songs – which includes 14 originals as well as a version of Bruce Springsteen’s Wages of Sin – Vile pulls his talents in unexpected directions. The result is a vibrant, yet meditative album propelled by his trademark laid-back charm and curious spirit. Every lyric has been chiseled down into an aphorism, every bloom of distorted guitar or murmuring synth helping create that “fried” pop. ‘It’s about songwriting. It’s about lyrics. It’s about being the master of all domains in the music,’ he says. ‘I’m always thinking about catchy music, even though it’s fried, or sizzled, out. It’s my own version of a classic thing – it’s moving forward and backward at the same time.’
“(watch my moves)” is Vile’s ninth solo full-length studio album and first since 2018’s “Bottle It In”. In addition to his solo work, Vile has collaborated with numerous artists including John Prine, Courtney Barnett, The War on Drugs, The Sadies and more and is featured on last year’s compilation, “I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to The Velvet Underground & Nico.”
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Vile currently lives in the Mount Airy neighborhood with his wife and two daughters. In celebration of the album, Vile and The Violators will embark on a lengthy summer European run.
KURT VILE CONFIRMED EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
August 26—London, U.K.—All Points East Festival August 27—Bath, U.K.—Forum August 28—Leeds, U.K.—Stylus August 29—Glasgow, U.K.—QMU August 30—Belfast, U.K.—Limelight August 31—Dublin, Ireland—Vicar Street September 2—Birmingham, U.K.—Moseley Folk & Arts Festival September 3—Manchester, U.K.—Manchester Psych Fest September 4—Dorset, U.K.—End of the Road Festival September 5—Antwerpen, Belgium—OLT September 12—Köln, Germany—Gloria Theater September 13—Amsterdam, the Netherlands—Paradiso September 14—Nijmegen, the Netherlands—Openluchttheater Goffert September 15—Berlin, Germany—Huxleys September 16—Copenhagen, DK—The Grey Hall September 17—Malmö, Sweden—Plan B September 19—Kortrijk, Belgium—Depart September 20—Paris, France—Le Trianon