Kurt Vile on Pretty Daze: "Who Lately Has Opened an Album With a Nine-Minute Song?"

The term singer-songwriter conjures images of musicians in coffee houses with classically tuned acoustic guitars, strumming open chords to overly earnest lyrics.

But since leaving his former band War on Drugs to go solo, Kurt Vile has consistently subverted the stereotype with experimental atmospherics.

This signature sonic approach can be heard as early as his first full-length, 2008's Constant Hitmaker, which opens with sparkling electronics that rise up from the ether, only to be drowned out by a rapidly clacking drum machine before a delicately distorted guitar takes over.

See also: Kurt Vile Talks the Process of Recording His Albums: "There Is Ultimately a Million Drafts"

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Hans Morgenstern has contributed to Miami New Times for too many decades, but he's grown to love Miami's arts and culture scene because of it. He is the chair of the Florida Film Critics Circle, and most of his film criticism can be found on Independent Ethos ( if not in New Times.