8th November | Anson Rooms

Here’s further proof of Bristol’s draw as a city for live music, of a city able to showcase the most relevant artists from around the world across a rich spread of venues. Kurt Vile’s show this Thursday is another highlight of what has been an Autumn filled with treats for the city’s gig-goers.

The Philadelphian released his seventh solo album, Bottle It In, last month. It’s a record on which you can feel the self-assured confidence of an artist who knows anything he writes will be gold. Following on from 2015’s b’lieve i’m goin down, his last solo effort, and last year’s collaboration with Courtney Barnett, Lotta Sea Lice, Vile’s latest album more than stands up to the task of following on from two such highly-acclaimed albums.

For anyone wondering where to start with the new record before heading to the Anson Rooms, the reverse-delay-laden ‘Bassackwards’ is worth a visit. Demonstrating the one-time War On Drugs guitarist as a patient craftsman, the track is happy to settle on its groove and daydream out the window whilst the word rides on by.

A natural successor to Neil Young, Kurt Vile is part of the great American songwriting tradition. If you have any midweek anxieties which need relaxing, the Anson Rooms will be the place for you this Thursday.

See the video to ‘Bassackwards’ here: