It goes without saying that any double album, takes some sort of commitment to lay back and immerse into. But then again, any artist who has the nerve to release such work, deserves a heap of respect for their mutual commitment and balls for going against the grain of the old three minute roundabout.
Kurt Vile’s Wakin on a Pretty Daze, is a monumental record that proves that rigorous attempts to develop the KV cred are always worthwhile. The seventy minute, eleven track wonder from Philadelphia’s finest is something that I had been waiting for with anticipation. 2010’s Smoke Ring For My Halo was a magical, awe-inspiring, album that, stopped everyone in their tracks, had they heard it. Vile instantly created himself an identity and following of musicians and dreamers alike who were left wanting more.
Wakin On A Pretty Daze presents a totally new language. The sense of absence from Smoke Ring is now a sense of maturity, and the hard work that Vile commits himself to. He has risen the standards for what rock music strives to be and should be; transcendent and unnerving.