Last month Kurt Vile shared some intriguing information about his next record, which finds him toying around with new instruments and includes his “best song ever.” Spin’s headline quoted Vile’s assessment that the album was “all over the place,”
and it turns out that it’s actually called All Over The Place. He revealed the title in a new Rolling Stone interview. (UPDATE: Vile’s publicist says it’s not called that.)
The piece is full of intriguing revelations. For one, Vile says the album might be his darkest: “It’s definitely got that night vibe. KV’s Night Life — it’s my sequel to Donald Fagen’s The Nightfly.” Some of that stems from a nocturnal songwriting approach, with sessions going down on the couch after his wife and children go to bed. “I wanted to get back into the habit of writing a sad song on my couch, with nobody waiting on me,” he told RS. “I really wanted it to sound like it’s on my couch — not in a lo-fi way, just more unguarded and vulnerable.” Vile sees the turn toward the darkness of 2011’s Smoke Ring For My Halo as only natural after 2013’s sunshiny Wakin On A Pretty Daze:
Everybody goes up and down throughout their lives. Smoke Ring was a downer, then Wakin was an upturn. My music has to be funny and sad and happy and loving, it’s gotta have it all. When somebody’s just too dark all the time, it’s just drama. Or if somebody’s too funny? Well, I like being too funny sometimes.
We already knew Vile was writing on banjo, but it turns out he’s been playing a homemade banjo. He also shed more light on his decision to record at Rancho de la Luna, a home studio in the California desert associated with Queens Of The Stone Age. Apparently Vile first checked out the place when Malian rockers Tinariwen were recording there:
They’re my favorite live band. A couple times they reached out to work with me but it never panned out. Turns out they were recording at Rancho de la Luna. I flew out to Rancho just to jam, then my family met me out there and it was like. . .suddenly my head was just clear. It was really spiritual. That’s when I decided to book some studio time for myself.
The album has no release date for now, and Vile is still working on it:
We’re not doing this in any linear sort of way. The record happens as my life happens — I go home and record a song, mix it somewhere else. I’m not just writing and recording it all at once.
Read the full interview here.