it’s a big world out there (and i am scared)
He’s already released one of the best albums of the year; one of my favourites and now he adds some leftover bits and pieces from those sessions to make a compelling EP, it’s more than just filler. You take a song like Feel My Pain, to anyone else it would be a career highlight, but in that almost-nonchalant (but-so-focussed) way Kurt Vile decides, months down the track, that, yeah, you know what, why not, I guess some people might like to hear it.
As seems to be the way now – and it’s the right way – these sorts of EPs are being packaged up to make Deluxe Editions but also – crucially – they’re available as standalone records; because if you’re a fan you already have the album, it was always an insult to wonder if it was worth getting it again for the extra tracks.
Well, it’s not so much that It’s A Big World improves/adds to Wakin On A Pretty Daze but it’s a further enticement if you’ve heard the name, maybe figure you should check him out before that Laneway festival. And it’s the correct way to go about it that for those of us already on board and loving the album we can collect this up separately.
Feel My Pain really is the standout, coasting along on a deceptive fingerpicking motif. But the languid Ghost of Freddie Roach is nice, perfect summer-supping fare. And Never Run Away hints back to Smoke Ring For My Halo as much as it backs up anything from Pretty Daze.
He’s a great player, that stoned-drawl singing all at once Lou Reed-esque and David Kilgour-like, and the songs just seem to tumble from him. The guitar playing exquisite, all crystal-liquid loveliness. At 29 minutes this is worth your time. A nice bonus.