ALBUM REVIEW: Kurt Vile – Bottle It In | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Matador Records

Released: 12.10.18





At 38 years old Kurt Vile is a wizened folk hero, still capable of penning poignant slacker narratives and catchy, floating guitar riffs.

Documenting Vile’s journey west of his Philadelphia hometown to record in various places and spend time with family and friends, Bottle It In’s 13 tracks come with an incredible sense of heart. Rollin With The Flow encapsulates the artist’s free-flowing manifesto, whilst Hysteria casually unpacks his fear of death.

Conversational epic Bassackwards is one of three that clock in at a marathon 10 minutes in length, but somehow never outstay their welcome. This may be because Vile’s presence is like a wise older brother, reminding you that life is but a series of fleeting moments that you should never take for granted.



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