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Kurt Vile Details ‘b’lieve i’m goin down,’ Shares “Pretty Pimpin”


Heartland rocking Philadelphian Kurt Vile had already promised that his new album b’lieve i’m goin down would be out this fall. Now, he’s fleshed out the details and shared a new song. The record will arrive on September 25 through Matador Records.

Recording took place in various locales, including Los Angeles and Joshua Tree in California. A press release calls the results “both deeply introspective and briskly self-assured.”

See the tracklist below, and scroll past that to check out a video for the opening cut “Pretty Pimpin.” It’s a characteristically mellow acoustic rock tune about feelings of self-alienation, while the Daniel Henry-directed clip shows Vile looking disaffected as he loiters around Los Angeles.

In a statement about Vile, longtime fan Kim Gordon had this to say:

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 a singer songwriter upcycling.

The album will be available to pre-order at Vile’s online store imminently. It comes as a single CD or a double LP. There’s also an expanded triple-vinyl edition called b’lieve i’m goin (deep) down with six bonus cuts. What’s more, digital pre-orders on iTunes and Amazon will come with two bonus tracks.

See Vile’s upcoming tour schedule here.

b’lieve i’m goin down:

1. Pretty Pimpin
2. I’m an Outlaw
3. Dust Bunnies
4. That’s Life, tho (almost hate to say)
5. Wheelhouse
6. Life Like This
7. All in a Daze Work
8. Lost My Head There
9. Stand Inside
10. Bad Omens
11. Kidding Around
12. Wild Imagination