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Boomkat Product Review:
Following on from his low-fidelity opuses for the Gulcher label, bedroom studio auteur and War On Drugs guitarist Kurt Vile graduates to the major leagues of US indie with his first album for Matador. Childish Prodigy remains a resolutely ramshackle production, but this tends to be put to the Philadelphian songwriter's advantage, with tracks like opener 'Hunchback' benefitting from the added texture of amp buzz, and thin, fourtrack-style distortion. Vile's guitar's swagger around in a timelessly haphazard fashion while his lyrics and vocal delivery position him as one of the more commanding narrators on the American lo-fi scene. There's more to this album than scuzzed-out rockers too, as quickly underlined by 'Dead Alive' and loop pedal-based space-folk jam 'Blackberry Song', the latter of which proves especially good. The Dim Stars cover 'Monkey' follows on, fitting Vile's alt. rock/classic rock straddling sound seamlessly, and further highlights arrive in the form of 'Freak Train' and 'Unknown 2', on both of which there's a marriage of krautrock influences and Suicide-esque thuggish propulsion. Recommended.