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!