Hear the title track from Kurt Vile & Sore Eros’ forthcoming EP via Stereogum
The EP’s title track takes its name from the Boston town in Massachusetts, where it was recorded, referred to in the 19th century as “the Eden of America.” This unhurried and meandering track, that opens with its simple finger-picked melody on acoustic guitar, is a melancholic evocation of a pastoral idyll that’s enhanced by the solely analog production employed across the whole record. The track proposes itself as a definitive piece of Americana rich in visual imagery. But just as the “Eden” of Jamaica Plain was a construct of the 1800s, the track acknowledges its modernity with the harmonious use of electronic instruments, such as the inspired use of drum machine that should really be incongruous, so that by the end, the Korg synth has mutated into a wistful bird song as the sun sets over Jamaica Pond.
“Serum” is the closest thing this EP gets to a conventional song structure and length. Robinson’s naïve vocal style cuts through Vile’s gloopy laudanum influenced remix treatment of the instrumentation.
“Calling Out of Work” returns to the territory of “Jamaica Plain,” albeit a more abstract interior landscape. It was recorded a year later than the first two tracks at Kurt Vile’s home in Philadelphia, just before he went on to form The War On Drugs with Adam Granduciel. Given the title and that biographically we know it was an unhappy time for Vile, working as a forklift truck driver, its easy to read this track as a form of meditative introspection.
11/01/2013 – Miami, FL / Grand Central +
11/02/2013 – Orlando, FL / The Social ^
11/03/2013 – Tallahassee, FL / Club Downunder ^
11/04/2013 – Mobile, AL / Alabama Music Box ^
11/05/2013 – New Orleans, LA / One Eyed Jack’s ^
11/06/2013 – Houston, TX / Walter’s #
11/08 -11/10/2013 – Austin, TX / Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/11/2013 – Oxford, MS / Proud Larry’s ^
11/12/2013 – Chattanooga, TN / JJ’s Bohemia ^
^ w/ Beach Fossils
+ w/ Beach Fossils, Band in Heaven
# w/ Beach Fossils, Merchandise