Kurt Vile Announces New Album and 2022 Tour

Kurt Vile has announced his ninth studio album, (watch my moves). The record arrives April 15th via Verve Records, but first single “Like Exploding Stones” is out now.

Vile produced (watch my moves) himself alongside longtime collaborator Rob Schnapf (Richard Thompson, Elliott Smith) at OKV Central, his newly created home studio in Mount Airy, Philadelphia. In a statement, the artist said the album allowed him to both channel longtime inspirations and get back to his DIY beginnings.

“When Waylon Jennings became an outlaw country artist, he liked to record at Hillbilly Central, which was Tompall Glaser’s studio,” Vile said. “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.”

With contributions from Chastity Belt, Cate Le Bon and percussionists Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint, Courtney Barnett) and Sarah Jones (Hot Chip, Harry Styles), (watch my moves) gives Vile another opportunity to create the blissed-out guitar rock he’s perfected over the last several decades — the kind that balances catchiness with being “fried,” as the artist puts it. At seven minutes, “Like Exploding Stones” does this balancing act well, leaning heavy on the crunch while still keeping a lax groove.

“Pain ricocheting in my brain like exploding stones/ Thoughts runnin’ round in my cranium like pinball machinedomania,” Vile draws, achieving yet another wonderfully witty tongue twister. In the equally psychedelic music video, the artist wanders around an arcade before Sun Ra Arkestra’s James Stewart performs a euphoric saxophone solo. “Feedback massaging my cranium,” Vile repeats, which kind of sums up his whole thing. Listen to “Like Exploding Stones” below.

To celebrate the album, Vile will embark on a lengthy US tour with help from Chastity Belt, Natural Information Society, and Sun Ra Arkestra. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 18th at 10 am local time — see the full list of dates below, and get tickets via Ticketmaster.

Kurt Vile’s last album was 2018’s Bottle It In. Since then, he’s shared the EP Speed, Sound, Lonely KV, as well as a tender duet with the late John Prine. The prolific guitarist also lent his talents to The Avalanches for their record We Will Always Love You, and produced Dinosaur Jr.’s latest, Sweep It Into Space.

(watch my moves) Artwork:

(watch my moves) Tracklist:
01. Goin on a Plane Today
02. Flyin (like a fast train)
03. Palace of OKV in Reverse
04. Like Exploding Stones
05. Mount Airy Hill (Way Gone)
06. Hey Like a Child
07. Jesus on a Wire
08. Fo Sho
09. Cool Water
10. Chazzy Don’t Mind
11. (shiny things)
12. Say the Word
13. Wages of Sin (Bruce Springsteen cover)
14. kurt runner
15. Stuffed Leopard

Kurt Vile 2022 Tour Dates:
04/26 — Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa *
04/27 — Saxaphaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom *
04/28 — Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel *
04/30 — Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Music Festival
01/05 — Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium *
05/03 — Oklahoma City, OK @ Jones Assembly *
05/04 — Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall *
05/05 — Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater *
06/05 — Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater *
05/07 — San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater *
09/05 — Phoenix, AZ @ Van Buren *
05/10 — San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park *
05/12 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Theater at The Ace Hotel *
05/13 — San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore *
05/14 — San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore *
05/15 — Sonoma, CA @ Gundlach Bundschu Winery *
05/17 — Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom *
05/18 — Tacoma, WA @ Spanish Ballroom *
05/19 — Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory *
05/ 20 — Seattle, WA @ The Moore *
05/21 — Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
05/23 — Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
05/25 — Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue +
05/26 — Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Ballroom +
05/27 — Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall +
05/28 — Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall +
01/06 — New York, NY @ Webster Hall +
06/02 — New York, NY @ Webster Hall ~
06/03 — Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer +
06/04 — Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer ~
08/26 – London, UK @ All Points East Festival
08/27 – Bath, UK @ Forum
08/28 – Leeds, UK @Stylus
08/29 – Glasgow, UK @ QMU
08/30 – Belfast, UK @ Limelight
08/31 – Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street
02/09 – Birmingham, UK @ Moseley Folk & Arts Festival
03/09 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Psych Fest
04/09 – Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Festival
05/09 – Antwerp, BE @ OLT
09/12 – Cologne, DE @ Gloria Theater
09/13 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
09/14 – Nijmegen, NL @ Openluchttheater Goffert
09/15 – Berlin, DE @ Huxleys
09/16 – Copenhagen, DK @ The Gray Hall
09/17 – Malmo, SE @ Plan B
09/19 – Kortrijk, BE @Depart
09/20 – Paris, FR @ Le Trianon

* = w/ Chastity Belt
+ = w/ Natural Information Society
~ = w/ Sun Ra Arkestra

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