We’ve been spending plenty of time with Woodsist-associated Philadelphia singer/songwriter and War On Drugs guitarist Kurt Vile’s official Matador debut Childish Prodigy. One of the best songs, no doubt, is the propulsive 7-minute “Freak Train.” It’s a shaggy, ambling song that sounds like its title suggests, adding a few insulated cars, grimy acid-dripping psych, some Kraut-y percussion, and jittery energy to the “Peace Train,” or whatever. The cut-up video contributes a few more layers and some actual train tracks.
What does the City Of Brotherly Love thing of their latest export? Well, the Sulimay’s folks hated fellow Childish track “Hunchback”: “That’s not a Philly sound,” “I wondered if anybody was moving their left hand,” “Bring back Willie Nelson,” etc.
You be your own judge:
Kurt Vile – “Hunchback” (MP3)
Childish Prodigy is out via Matador.