In this day and age it’s hard to keep making interesting guitar-singer music. Yet Kurt Vile does an amazing job with his new album Smoke Ring for my Halo. The album is filled with dreamy revered guitars and harmonic pickings that dance through your mind as you listen to his soothing deep vocals. Vile’s music creates a great blend between soft classic rock and newer folk. The whole album is incredibly easy to listen to and enjoy.
His voice reminds me of a mixture between Devendra Banhart and a tuned down Delta Spirit. You can hear a sense of longing in his lyrics and tone, like reminiscing of an old lover or lost past.
In “Baby’s arms” he repeats the same phrase throughout the song with the same guitar melody yet it could go on forever. Good music can be brutally simple and it doesn’t matter.