January 26, 2019
Fresh off the success of his eighth studio album, “Bottle It In”, Philadelphia’s Kurt Vile returned Friday with a rambling new single, “Timing Is Everything (And I’m Falling Behind)”.
The single, interestingly, is currently only available on Amazon Music through the “Amazon Originals” collection, a spin on Spotify’s “Spotify Sessions” program and Apple’s old “iTunes Sessions” collection.
Vile previously released a Spotify Sessions EP, in 2016, but it didn’t feature any new songs.
If you have an Amazon Prime membership (and maybe even if you don’t?) you can listen below:
Vile said Friday in a tweet that the song is “a candid snapshot of KV & the Violators ‘at home’ where we like it: sparse and jangly and as live as possible.” He’s right: the song should feel immediately familiar to Vile fans, all intricately layered guitars and existential lyrics.
At one point, Vile asks someone to, one day, “put some headphones on my headstone,” which seems fitting.
The song’s timing, released just over three months after his latest album, is interesting, as is the partnership with Amazon:
Follow me on @amazonmusic Music to stay up to date on my new music. Grab your Echo and say “Alexa, follow Kurt Vile on Amazon Music” and you’ll get a notification when our new music is out. pic.twitter.com/zKo8upCZer— Kurt Vile (@therealkurtvile) January 24, 2019
The release comes with a tiny, targeted push to get Alexa device users to follow their favorite artists on the service. Unsurprisingly, Vile’s ad (shown in the above tweet) is a little awkward and a little silly.
Basically, everything here is the same old Kurt Vile, which is always a good thing.