Road trip album alert! Road trip album alert! Speed, Sound, Lonely KV (ep) is an album (fine, EP) that's just made for 97 degree desert heat with 0 percent humidity and a quarter tank of gas. I mean even the EP's title just screams "road trip" to me. Nothing makes me think of 10 straight hours in a car like speed and loneliness and Kurt Vile.
It's stripped down and distorted southern-style rock that's pierced by Kurt's beautiful (eh, scratch that… it's honestly pretty nasally and quite underwhelming) voice. Maybe the fact that Kurt's voice isn't perfect has something to do with the appeal of this album. The songs have long verses and oft-shifting choruses that are often difficult to distinguish which makes the songs sometimes feel like one long verse. The first 3 tracks off of this EP are pretty classic Kurt Vile but in the 4th track there's another artist credited which is a little odd for Kurt as he usually appears solo. Who's that artist? Well it's another great songwriter with a terrible voice…
Bonus Content: In the 4th track of this EP, Kurt Vile covers a John Prine classic tune "How Lucky". It's a cover but the two actually recorded the duet together in Nashville shortly before Prine's passing in late 2020 due to complications from the coronavirus. Vile covers another Prine song as well on the EP, "Speed and the Sound of Loneliness". Vile calls the interaction, and the chance to record with one of his hero's, "probably the single most special musical moment in [my] life." How lucky indeed.
Release date: October 2nd, 2020
Similar artist(s): The War on Drugs, Deerhunter, Real Estate
Top tracks: How Lucky, Gone Girl, Pearls