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Psychedelic Meditation: Kurt Vile's Favourite Albums
Laurie Tuffrey , November 11th, 2015 13:13

As he starts the UK leg of touring b'lieve i'm goin down…, the Philadelphian singer-songwriter goes from live free jazz to dry-humoured piano sketches in picking 13 albums that steered the sound of his sixth album


John Coltrane - Giant Steps
That's the early one. That's just a very particular - I had that on CD, I would just listen to it on the plane a lot and really zone out. It's got some really upbeat jams on there, there's a real swing, but then there's a song called 'Naima', which is named after his first wife. It's just the most beautiful, saddest... I don't think it's sad, but it is minor. I would just listen to that record on repeat, it would really put me somewhere. I remember listening to it on the way to Phoenix, before I knew we were going to be laid over, and then on the way back.

Just Coltrane in general, he's just the greatest one. In fact, I should say, there's a song called 'Dear Lord' [from Transition], I burned that from a vinyl, and that is number one, the sweetest, most beautiful Coltrane song I've ever heard.