Smoke Ring For My Halo
Released March 8 2011
Format: LP/CD/DA/DLX CD+CDEP
Ranging from the tender breezy folk in “Jesus Fever” to the tuff urban guitar riff of “Puppet To The Man” Vile’s distinctive Philly-accented vocal ties together a sweeping & evocative project – a true American psychedelic folk album. When Kurt Vile sings, “society is my friend: he makes me lie down in a cool bloodbath” he sounds both exhausted and distanced from the ringing harmonics of his guitar and Mike Zanghi’s pounding drums. Even the gentler songs, such as “On Tour” and “Baby’s Arms” have a distinctly dark lyrical tone. The closest that Vile gets to some kind of acceptance is in the central track, the rueful “In My Time” “I know when we get older, I’m dying, but I got everything I need here now, and that’s fine, now… that’s fine.”
Recorded at the Magic Shop by John Agnello, Smoke Ring For My Halo was released in 2011.