Weeks of speculation come to an end today as details of the new Kurt Vile album can finally be confirmed: One of the most critically and commercially acclaimed artists of the last decade will release Bottle It In on October 12th on Matador Records.
Today’s announcement is accompanied by the release of a new song titled ‘Bassackwards’, which follows previously released Bottle It In single, ‘Loading Zones’, an ode to the parking challenges in Vile’s native Philadelphia, described alternately as “Vile at his comforting, shaggy best” (The Guardian), and an “ambiguous rumination on small town life” (MOJO). The epic, loping ‘Bassackwards’ is the album’s beating heart and Vile’s most compelling evocation of how he sees the world: “I was on the ground circa Planet Earth, but out of sorts,” he sings over a gently psychedelic bed of backmasked guitars. “But I snapped back, baby, just in time to jot it down.”
Vile will hit the road this fall on an extensive global tour, with support from The Violators (Rob Laakso, Kyle Spence, and Jesse Trbovich). Commencing October 12th in Hamburg, Germany, the tour runs through mainland Europe, before arriving in major UK cities, including two consecutive nights at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on November 6th and 7th.
In addition, Vile has confirmed a further run of worldwide tour dates for 2019 with The Violators. The 2019 North American shows traverse a multitude of East Coast, Midwest, Southwest, and Southern cities, with support from The Feelies. A special hometown show in Philadelphia has been added for December 29th 2018, which will take place at the newly rehabilitated historic Metropolitan Opera House (aka The Met Philadelphia) as part of their opening week celebration.