Kurt Vile aka “The Constant Hitmaker”, released his Fourth full length LP called “Smoke Ring for my Halo” this past March. For those who don’t know, Kurt is a native Philly artist that has a unique finger-picking guitar style and many tricks, for a lack of better words, in that sleeve of his.
The presence Kurt brings in this album is striking compared to the latter of his previous works. Along with the imaginative guitar licks are some refined vocal harmonies through out this superbly recorded album. “Baby’s Arms” has a brilliant atmosphere, with an acoustic charm and water like synthesizer touches. The lyrics such as “I get sick of just about everyone, and I hide in my baby’s arms” discuss themes of escaping the droning world, and the comforts of love. Vile brings that 90’s alternative nostalgia that most people had forgotten. “Puppet to the Man” is a good example of some overdriven and cool phased sounding riffs with subtle reverb on vocals. Kurt Vile uses unusual tunings and heartening vocals that make for a great album. “Smoke Ring for My Halo” inspires me to pick up my guitar every time I listen.