It’s A Big World Out There (And I Am Scared) (Matador)
Jamaica Plain EP (Care in the Community)
Kurt Vile’s pretty daze just keeps on rolling. The beatific Fishtown rocker, who recently played his fourth hometown gig of the year — including a record-setting City Hall courtyard appearance which took place on his own personal, mayorally-decreed holiday — is capping his unstoppable 2013 with a fourth quarter re-boot of his widely-dug third Matador LP, dubbed Deluxe Daze (Post Haze).
In a typically righteous, kindly gesture, the appended bonus material is also available separately (digitally and vinylly) as It’s A Big World Out There (And I Am Scared). Alongside a couple fine if relatively negligible, self-explanatory revamps (e.g. “Snowflakes Extended”) and three increasingly electronified mutations of “Never Run Away,” the EP boasts two previously unaired six-minute outtakes — one dark, fingerpicked and folky, the other fuller and rangier — that fit right in with the album’s languorous shimmer.
First up though is the Jamaica Plain EP (Care in the Community), a collaboration with palindromic New England psych-popper (and one-time Violator) Sore Eros, named for the neighborhood that’s kinda the Boston equivalent of West Philly. These three recordings — two lazy, meandering instrumental shape-shifters and one briefer but equally spacey vocal cut — date back about a decade, and offer solid, satisfying evidence that Vile has long been well acquainted with the delights of dazedness.
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