Kurt Vile Releases ‘Like Exploding Stones’, First Single From Upcoming Album

Philadelphian indie rocker Kurt Vile has announced his eighth solo studio LP. It’s called Watch My Moves and it’s coming out on Friday, 15th April.

The album’s first single, ‘Like Exploding Stones’, is out now. In typical Vile manner, ‘Like Exploding Stones’ doesn’t bow to the customs of mainstream radio programming, running for a total of seven minutes and eighteen seconds.

For context, ‘Bassackwards’, the lead single from Vile’s previous LP, 2018’s Bottle It In, ran for nine minutes and forty-six seconds; ‘Wakin On a Pretty Day’, from 2013’s Wakin On a Pretty Daze, lasted nine minutes and thirty-one seconds.

“I’m always thinking about catchy music, even though it’s fried, or sizzled, out,” Vile said in a statement. “It’s my own version of a classic thing—it’s moving forward and backward at the same time.”

Watch My Moves is Vile’s first album since joining Verve Records. Prior to the move, all of his releases dating back to 2009’s Childish Prodigy had come out via Matador Records. Vile co-produced the new record with Rob Schnapf, who also worked on Bottle It In and 2015’s b’lieve i’m goin down…

The track listing numbers 15 songs, including a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Wages Of Sin’ (a Born in the U.S.A. outtake). In addition to Vile’s band The Violators – guitarist Jesse Trbovich, drummer Kyle Spench and multi-instrumentalist Rob Laasko – the likes of Stella Mozgawa, Cate Le Bon, Chastity Belt and percussionist Sarah Jones make guest appearances on Watch My Moves.

Check out the video for ‘Like Exploding Stones’ below.

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