Kurt Vile and the Violators – It’s a Big World Out There (And I Am Scared)

As a stand-alone record or a companion piece to his 5th album ‘Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze’ the new seven track E.P. ‘It’s a Big World Out There (And I Am Scared)’ is pure Kurt Vile.  With 3 reworked tracks from the Pretty Daze sessions, two instrumentals and two new numbers it’s short at around the thirty minute mark but no less brilliant for it. Back by his band The Violators it showcases what makes Vile’s style so unique jangly guitars, dreamy reverb, slightly distorted vocals it’s a strange mix of lo-fi indie meets 1950s surf. But what really stands it apart is his knack of writing a cracking tune ‘Feel My Pain’ and ‘The Ghost of Freddie Roach’ both clock in over six minutes and despite their rambling nature never feel like it. Also Vile possesses a choir boy’s voice hidden somewhere inside a stoner’s body it’s a mix of bitter sweet and sun-drenched croak. Musically it glides along on a wave of picked guitars and rumbling drums with the occasional swirl of strings, the band doing a fine job sounding not unlike an even slacker Pavement. ‘It’s a Big World Out There’ isn’t a musical leap by any stretch but if you  don’t already own ‘Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze’ the E.P. will come in the newly packed ‘Wakin on a Pretty Daze: Deluxe Daze (Post Haze)’ which I can already tell you will be worth every penny.


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