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UNCUT - - New Al­bums - IN­TER­VIEW: SHARON O’CON­NELL

Kurt Vile: “At the end of the day, I’m still in con­trol” There’s a real-time dy­namism on this lP. How so? You’ve got to live out the record just like you live in the world: you just wake up in the morn­ing and that’s kind of how you should play mu­sic and per­form it. Writ­ing is an­other thing, but these days it’s pretty open. Be­fore, I might have thought too much ahead of time about a song hav­ing a be­gin­ning, mid­dle and end, and even then I still couldn’t fully pre­dict how it would come out. I’ve ac­cepted that and I use it – ide­ally, to my ad­van­tage. Some things take a wrong turn, but then you just don’t put it on the record. Did you plan on such an epic run­ning time? Three of the long­est songs – “Check Baby”, “Bot­tle It In” and “Skinny Mini” – I def­i­nitely pre­dicted be­ing some cool, epic pop jam. I think that the songs are hyp­notic enough and had soul and they felt groovy enough to play on the gui­tar, key­board or what­ever I hap­pened to be us­ing. are there risks in work­ing with so many dif­fer­ent peo­ple? The peo­ple that I like to play with don’t have just one style and they’re soul­ful and a lit­tle bit weird, able to im­pro­vise – I’m open to that. At the end of the day, I’m still in con­trol. If I feel like some­body’s chucked fu­sion all over my songs, I’ll wipe the tape!

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