The first single from Kurt Vile’s heavily anticipated new album b’lieve i’m goin down… is the intriguingly titled “Pretty Pimpin.” It’s got more momentum than your average Vile song, though its urgent heartland rock sound is still tinged with his usual sighing melancholy. “All I want is to just have fun/ Live my life like a son of a gun,” Vile sings over minor-key stomping twang. “I could be 1,000 miles away/ And still mean what I say.” The song premiered today on Steve Lamacq’s BBC Radio 6 Music show, and you can stream it below.
UPDATE: Vile has shared the official video for “Pretty Pimpin,” too. It’s directed by Daniel Henry, and it finds Vile pensively stalking and rocking in various urban locales. Watch it!
Here’s the b’lieve i’m goin down… tracklist, too. It’s significantly longer if you buy the album in the 3xLP format:
01 “Pretty Pimpin”
02 “I’m an Outlaw”
03 “Dust Bunnies”
04 “That’s Life, tho (almost hate to say)”
06 “Life Like This”
07 “All In a Daze Work”
08 “Lost My Head there”
09 “Stand Inside”
10 “Bad Omens”
11 “Kidding Around”
12 “Wild Imagination”
13 “Less Talk (More Walkin Away)” *
14 “Nicotine Blues” *
15 “Bad Omens (No Edit)” *
16 “No Stranger to the Ball Bust” *
17 “Sax Omens (J Turbo)” *
* deluxe 3xLP bonus tracks
Lastly, a quote from Kim Gordon:
Kurt does his own myth-making; a boy/man with an old soul voice in the age of digital everything becoming something else, which is why this focused, brilliantly clear and seemingly candid record is a breath of fresh air. Recorded and mixed in a number of locations, including Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, b’lieve i’m goin down… is a handshake across the country, east to west coast, thru the dustbowl history (“valley of ashes”) of woody honest strait forward talk guthrie, and a cali canyon dead still nite floating in a nearly waterless landscape. The record is all air, weightless, bodyless, but grounded in convincing authenticity, in the best version of singer songwriter upcycling.