KURT VILE’S NEW ALBUM (watch my moves)



Kurt Vile’s anticipated new album, (watch my moves), is out today via Verve Records—his first release in partnership with the label. Stream/purchase HERE. In celebration of the release, the official music video for the sun-dappled song, “Flyin (like a fast train),” is out today (watch/share HERE). Inspired by his lifelong love of trains, the song is a poetic tribute to Vile’s father who worked as a train conductor for decades and pays homage to Philadelphia’s SEPTA Regional Rail.

Recorded mainly at OKV Central—Vile’s newly created home studio in the Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia—(watch my moves) was self-produced along with help from longtime collaborator Rob Schnapf (Richard Thompson, Elliott Smith). Across the record—which includes 14 originals as well as a version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Wages of Sin”—Vile pulls his talents in unexpected directions, resulting in a vibrant, yet meditative album propelled by his trademark laid-back charm and curious spirit.

Critical acclaim for (watch my moves)

“Kurt Vile is an ambling, amiable presence on ‘Mount Airy Hill (Way Gone),’ a gently psychedelic ditty”—The New York Times

“you’re treated to the surrealistic, psychedelic mind and sounds of his trippy universe…It’s magical and meditative.”—NPR Music

“a majestically mellow zone-out session…(watch my moves) is damn near transcendent” —Rolling Stone

“Vile’s limitless charm and languid drawl have a way of making even the heaviest affliction seem bearable, if not a low-key hoot.”—Pitchfork

“Vile has become nothing short of one of the best modern American songwriters. His pen keeps getting sharper on each release and the music he makes further defines a style that is uniquely his own.”—UPROXX

“packed with sprawling compositions that combine clever, lyrical insights, with an eclectic array of heady, zone-out-inducing jams”—Spin

“Triumphant…a warm, sprawling record that firmly plants itself as the centerpiece in his discography”—FLOOD “inspired guitar work”—Vulture

“a good reminder of what makes his music so seemingly effortlessly affecting”—The AV Club

(watch my moves) gives Vile another opportunity to create the blissed-out guitar rock he’s perfected over the last several decades”—Consequence

“the beloved and reliable purveyor of a hazy, zoned-out, weirdo brand of classicist rock…there’s something about (watch my moves) that feels quintessentially him”—Stereogum

“a sprawling, psychedelic meditation on mental unrest that places Vile’s indie-rock charms and electronic atmospherics on equal footing”—Paste

“its best moments entrance and enthrall, proving that Kurt Vile takes his time to set a mood and a groove and invites us in for a hang we can’t resist”—PopMatters

“There’s something positively delightful about Kurt Vile, guitar god and poet laureate of the stoner thought”—MTV News

“dreamlike licks and interlocked arrangements, with Vile’s trademark non-sequitur wordplay” —XPN The Key

“Nothing hits quite like a new single from Kurt Vile, whose tranquil guitars and pensive lyrics have that rare ability to alter the course of a listener's day for the better.”—The Philly Voice

“One of the finest modern American songwriters”—San Francisco Chronicle

“a culmination of his entire career…simultaneously a return to his earliest days of bedroom recordings, albeit of a much higher fidelity, and a maturation into a new realm of songwriting and creative process.”—Northern Transmissions

“a consistent and effortless testament to Vile...and his immense musical talent” —RIFF Magazine

In celebration of the new music, Vile and The Violators will embark on an extensive U.S. tour this spring followed by a lengthy summer European run. Upcoming shows include Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on May 1, L.A.’s Theatre at The Ace Hotel on May 12, two nights at New York’s Webster Hall on June 1 and 2 and two nights at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer on June 3 and 4 among many others. See below for complete tour details.

Reflecting on the record, Vile shares, “When Waylon Jennings became an outlaw country artist, he liked to record at Hillbilly Central, which was Tompall Glaser’s studio. 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,” and continues, “It’s about songwriting. It’s about lyrics. It’s about being the master of all domains in the music. I’m always thinking about catchy music, even though it’s fried, or sizzled, out. It’s my own version of a classic thing—it’s moving forward and backward at the same time.”

In addition to Schnapf, Vile’s longtime band, The Violators, and James Stewart, the album features special guests Chastity Belt, Cate Le Bon and percussionists Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint, Courtney Barnett) and Sarah Jones (Hot Chip, Harry Styles).

(watch my moves) is Vile’s ninth solo full-length studio album and first since 2018’s Bottle It In, which Rolling Stone named #9 on their “50 Best Albums of 2018” list praising, “The long-haired poet-king of Philadelphia surveys his realm in high style on this 78-minute whopper…virtually no one else was making rock records like this…” Additionally, The New York Times calls him, “indie rock’s charming riddle,” while The Guardian praises, “such an instinctive facility for melodic logic that behind the shaggy locks and purple haze, there’s a clear-headed, big-hearted songwriter at work.”

In addition to his solo work, Vile has collaborated with numerous artists including John Prine, Courtney Barnett, The War on Drugs, The Sadies and more and is featured on last year’s compilation, I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to The Velvet Underground & Nico.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Vile currently lives in the Mount Airy neighborhood with his wife and two daughters.

For more information, please contact Asha Goodman, Catherine Snead 615.320.7753 or Carla Sacks 212.741.1000 at Sacks & Co.

(watch my moves) TRACK LIST
1. Goin on a Plane Today
2. Flyin (like a fast train)
3. Palace of OKV in Reverse
4. Like Exploding Stones
5. Mount Airy Hill (Way Gone)
6. Hey Like a Child
7. Jesus on a Wire
8. Fo Sho
9. Cool Water
10. Chazzy Don’t Mind
11. (shiny things)
12. Say the Word
13. Wages of Sin
14. kurt runner
15. Stuffed Leopard

April 26 /// Norfolk, VA /// The NorVa*
April 27 /// Saxaphaw, NC /// Haw River Ballroom*
April 28 /// Asheville, NC /// The Orange Peel*
April 29 /// Memphis, TN /// Beale Street Music Festival 2022
April 30 /// Atlanta, GA /// Shaky Knees Music Festival
May 1 /// Nashville, TN /// Ryman Auditorium*
May 3 /// Oklahoma City, OK /// Jones Assembly*
May 4 /// Houston, TX /// White Oak Music Hall*
May 5 /// Dallas, TX /// Granada Theater*
May 6 /// Austin, TX /// ACL Live at the Moody Theater*
May 7 /// San Antonio, TX /// Aztec Theater*
May 9 /// Phoenix, AZ /// Van Buren*
May 10 /// San Diego, CA /// The Observatory North Park*
May 11 /// Santa Ana, CA /// The Observatory*
May 12 /// Los Angeles, CA /// The Theatre at The Ace Hotel*
May 13 /// San Francisco, CA /// The Fillmore*
May 14 /// San Francisco, CA /// The Fillmore*
May 15 /// Sonoma, CA /// Gundlach Bundschu Winery*
May 17 /// Portland, OR /// Crystal Ballroom*
May 18 /// Tacoma, WA /// Spanish Ballroom*
May 19 /// Spokane, WA /// Knitting Factory*
May 20 /// Seattle, WA /// The Moore*
May 21 /// Boise, ID /// Knitting Factory
May 23 /// Denver, CO /// Ogden Theater
May 25 /// Minneapolis, MN /// First Avenue+
May 26 /// Milwaukee, WI /// Turner Ballroom+
May 27 /// Chicago, IL /// Thalia Hall+
May 28 /// Chicago, IL /// Thalia Hall+
May 29 /// Chicago, IL /// Thalia Hall+
June 1 /// New York, NY /// Webster Hall+
June 2 /// New York, NY /// Webster Hall~
June 3 /// Philadelphia, PA /// Union Transfer+
June 4 /// Philadelphia, PA /// Union Transfer~ (SOLD OUT)
June 23 /// Santa Fe, NM /// Railyard Park
July 9 /// Toronto, ON /// FieldTrip Festival
August 4 /// St. Charles, IA /// Hinterland Music Festival 2022

*with Chastity Belt
+with Natural Information Society
~with Sun Ra Arkestra

August 26 /// London, U.K. /// All Points East Festival
August 27 /// Bath, U.K. /// Forum
August 28 /// Leeds, U.K. /// Stylus
August 29 /// Glasgow, U.K. /// QMU
August 30 /// Belfast, U.K. /// Limelight
August 31 /// Dublin, Ireland /// Vicar Street
September 2 /// Birmingham, U.K. /// Moseley Folk & Arts Festival
September 3 /// Manchester, U.K. /// Manchester Psych Fest
September 4 /// Dorset, U.K. /// End of the Road Festival
September 6 /// Antwerpen, Belgium /// OLT
September 12 /// Köln, Germany /// Gloria Theater
September 13 /// Amsterdam, the Netherlands /// Paradiso
September 14 /// Nijmegen, the Netherlands ///
Openluchttheater Goffert
September 15 /// Berlin, Germany /// Huxleys
September 16 /// Copenhagen, DK /// The Grey Hall
September 17 /// Malmö, Sweden /// Plan B
September 19 /// Kortrijk, Belgium /// Depart
September 20 /// Paris, France /// Le Trianon