B'lieve I'm Goin Down...

B'lieve I'm Goin Down...

by Kurt Vile


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B'lieve I'm Goin Down...

Kurt Vile scored a genuine word-of-mouth hit with his fifth album, Wakin on a Pretty Daze, its elongated rambles conjuring hazy half-memories of Laurel Canyon while feeling uniquely situated to modern confines. B'lieve I'm Goin Down..., released two years after that 2013 breakthrough, whittles away some of the excesses while retaining eccentricity, trading ten-minute sprawls with six-strings for woozy five-minute vamps on a piano. Electric guitars aren't entirely absent but they're used for coloring -- arriving unexpectedly as a wash of distortion or perhaps a bit of percussion -- on a record anchored by acoustic guitars and banjos. Such instruments may suggest B'lieve I'm Goin Down... is an exercise in introspection, another exposed nerve from a sensitive singer/songwriter, but Vile often favors feel over form, so this unfolds with the logic of a dream, details falling into a place so subtly they're felt, not heard. Often, B'lieve seems simple, rolling along with fingerpicked rhythms or barroom piano, and while it's certainly emotionally direct -- and, occasionally, musically direct too, nowhere more so than on the opening sequence of "Pretty Pimpin," "I'm an Outlaw," and "Dust Bunnies," a trilogy of precision that eases into a shifting stoned daydream -- B'lieve I'm Goin Down... is an impeccably arranged album beneath its soothing, sleepy surface, with every element assisting in an illusion of deep, shimmering, and alluring melancholy.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2015
Label: Matador Records
UPC: 0744861103325
catalogNumber: 11033
Rank: 1265

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kurt Vile   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Piano,Strings,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Noise,Mellotron,farfisa organ,Wurlitzer,Resonator
Kyle Spence   Percussion,Drums
Rob Laakso   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Strings,Drums,Electric Guitar
Creston Spiers   Horn
Farmer Dave Scher   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Stella Mozgawa   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Vibes
Jenny Lee Lindberg   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jesse Trbovich   Bass,Electric Guitar
Genevieve Schatz   Vocals,Background Vocals
Paul Vile   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kevin Morbey   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Gary Burden   Art Direction
Henry Diltz   Cover Photo
Tommy Joy   Engineer
Andy Kravitz   Engineer
Rob Schnapf   Producer,Engineer
Kyle Spence   Producer,Engineer
Mike Zimmerman   Layout
Justin Smith   Engineer
Jenice Heo   Art Direction
Rob Laakso   Producer,Engineer
Kurt Vile   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Violators   Producer

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