Kurt Vile / Steve Gunn - Gunn Vile LP
The two artists, originally connected by mutual friends and geographic proximity, have long pushed the others continued artistic development. Despite sharing many live stages over the years, this collaborative album represents the first time that the two have worked together in the studio.
Viles side sees him recast tracks by John Prine (Way Back When) and Randy Newman (Pretty Boys, featuring some truly *electric* guitar flourishes from Gunn) as if they were KV originals. The theme of reinvention continues with Vile tearing through a solo banjo rendition of his Red Apples (originally from his "God Is Saying This To You" LP), retitled here as Red Apples For Tom Scharpling.
Gunn takes on a late period Nico track, 60/40, and pulls a lysergic rocker out of the tracks goth-ish roots. The bulk of Gunns contribution is the winding Spring Garden, a track in the vein of some of his other long form guitar excursions. Featuring signature contributions from Vile and Mary Lattimore, this hypnotizing cut is unmistakably a new classic in Gunn's catalogue.
1. Pretty Boy [Randy Newman cover]
2. Way Back Then [John Prine cover]
3. Red Apples for Tom Scharpling
4. NPR Reject
5. 60/40 [Nico cover]
6. Spring Garden
About this product: this release is pressed on purple vinyl.