Record Of The Month - April 2019
BOTTLE IT IN
Bottle It In was the coolest record of 2018. There were plenty of other great releases, but this record is so strange and interesting. Each song has a different mood and no two songs sound similar. The lyrics have a stream-of-consciousness vibe that works really well with Kurt’s music style, which deserves its own genre, but indie rock will have to suffice. Kurt’s songs don’t really have direct messages, but there are some vague ideas and suggestions that are worth considering.
“Bassackwards” is a thinker, a fun tune that reminds us that nothing ever really goes the way that we expect it to go. “Check Baby” rules so hard — what a good jam. I love to drive around with this tune playing. All confidence and comfortability. I really do love all of the songs on this record, but my current favorite (and most-played tune this month) is “Come Again” and I can’t even explain why I love it so much. It’s such an easy-going song, and reminds me that it’s okay to feel uncomfortable. We all have regrets and things that we wish we could go back and do over, but it’s a learning process. Live and learn — that bullshit. On the surface, the lyrics may not seem to be profound, but they’ve sure had me thinking an awful lot.
*I recommend (with lots of emphasis) the Kurt Vile episode of Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast.