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Bottle It In
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Kurt Vile
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Release Date
October 12, 2018

Kurt Vile is back with his first record in three years, the eclectic and electrifying Bottle It In, which he recorded at various studios around America over two very busy years, during sessions that usually punctuated the ends of long tours or family road trips.

Every song, whether it’s a concise and catchy pop composition or a sprawling guitar epic, becomes a journey unto itself, taking unexpected detours, circuitous melodic avenues, or open-highway solos. If Vile has become something of a rock guitar god—a mantle he would dismiss out of humility but also out of a desire to keep getting better, to continue absorbing new music, new sounds, new ideas—it’s due to his precise, witty playing style, which turns every riff and rhythm into points on a map and takes the scenic route from one to the next.

Using past albums as points of departure, Bottle It In heads off in new directions, pushing at the edges of the map into unexplored territory: Here be monster jams. These songs show an artist who is still evolving and growing: a songwriter who, like his hero John Prine, can make you laugh and break your heart, often in the same line, as well as a vocalist who essentially rewrites those songs whenever he sings them in his wise, laconic jive-talkin’ drawl. He revels in the minutiae of the music— not simply incorporating new instruments but emphasizing how they interact with his guitar and voice, how the glockenspiel evokes cirrocumulus clouds on Hysteria, how Kim Gordon’s “acoustic guitar distortion” (her term) engulfs everything at the end of Mutinies, how the banjo curls around his guitar lines and backing vocals from Lucius to lend a high-lonesome aura to Come Again.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Loading Zones 3:23 Buy

    Loading Zones

  2. 2 Hysteria 5:22 Buy


  3. 3 Yeah Bones 4:44 Buy

    Yeah Bones

  4. 4 Bassackwards 9:46 Buy


  5. 5 One Trick Ponies 5:21 Buy

    One Trick Ponies

  6. 6 Rollin With The Flow 2:59 Buy

    Rollin With The Flow

  7. 7 Check Baby 7:53 Buy

    Check Baby

  8. 8 Bottle It In 10:39 Buy

    Bottle It In

  9. 9 Mutinies 5:52 Buy


  10. 10 Come Again 5:44 Buy

    Come Again

  11. 11 Cold Was The Wind 4:51 Buy

    Cold Was The Wind

  12. 12 Skinny Mini 10:26 Buy

    Skinny Mini

  13. 13 (bottle back) 1:38 Buy

    (bottle back)

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