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Boomkat Product Review:
The latest from indie darling Kurt Vile, 'Smoke Ring for My Halo' was recorded at various studios in New York City, Hoboken and Philadelphia. With the help of backing band The Violators, Vile has created maybe his most complete work to date - a daring collection of songs that represents him absolutely as a songwriter. This is still the same Vile we know and love, channelling the spirits of music past (Springsteen and Neil Young, most obviously) but he injects his distinct lo-fi sound into things with the kind of ease Sonic Youth had in the 80s. Vile's ear for keen melody is evident throughout also, take a track like 'On Tour' which frames Vile's Lou Reed-isms with a melancholy piano-laced backdrop and almost hopeful chorus. Lovely stuff.