Despite first emerging with his stunning breakthrough debut album 'Constant Hitmaker' in 2008, it has been in the last few years that Kurt Vile has really found his place amongst the fledgling folk scene. Working with the likes of Courtney Barnett and Phoebe Bridgers has given the frontman a renewed setting in which to explore his sound, and granted him countless praise and accolades as a result. And as he looks to follow up his 2018 LP 'Bottle It In', he takes a more relaxed attitude on his ninth studio album '(watch my moves)', a record that barely sees him break a sweat.
Kurt Vile has always looked to inhabit this sweet and woozy direction within his sound to date, but '(watch my moves)' is probably one of his most carefree releases so far. Almost coming across as an impromptu jam session, he seems to take his time in getting to the centre of these songs, almost never worrying if they make it there at all. But despite its lack of focus or complete texture, he still manages to make these offerings work within his lazy demeanour, delivering something fresh and enjoyable that isn't meant to be taken too seriously.
While it may not have much in the way of engaging anthems or progressive structure, '(watch my moves)' still manages to lure you in with its beautifully warm and inviting flavour. Kurt Vile has always been an artist that can captivate without making too much noise, and this new collection displays that in spades.