Back in late December a giant-sized mural appeared on the side of a building at the intersection of Front and Master Streets in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia. The mural’s sole purpose was to announce the release of Kurt Vile’s new studio album – Walkin’ On A Pretty Daze. Created by graffiti artist Steve Powers, the piece not only revealed the record’s title, but its track-listing as well. On April 8, the singer-guitarist will release the sprawling 68-minute double-album Wakin On A Pretty Daze via venerable indie label Matador, which will include a special limited-edition, deluxe blue vinyl addition, whose cover will be blank and will come with a sheet of graffiti icon stickers.
Last week Vile released the “non-music video” for the album’s hazy nine-plus minute title track, for which he got some heavyweight help courtesy of famed director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs, Stop Making Sense). The beautifully-shot clip weaves gorgeous city-scapes with time-lapse footage showing the creation of the large-scale art piece. Let’s check it out…
Kurt Vile will head out for a 19-date world tour that kicks off with a pair of high profile appearances at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival on April 14 and 21.