Kurt Vile embarks on his own space odyssey in the trippy, half-animated video for “Life Like This,” off the Philadelphia rocker’s upcoming LP, B’lieve I’m Goin Down.
Directed and animated by Adam Avilla, the clip opens with Vile idly passing time in a recording studio, playing a guitar or piano or simply staring at the ceiling. When his daze is interrupted by flashes of animated color, the simple doodles soon expand into a new universe as Vile peers into a half-eaten bowl of cereal.
As Vile’s malaise deepens, the illustrations grow more vibrant: A cosmic gorilla appears by his side, and later, while staring at television static, he’s consumed by the colors and swept away to a world of intergalactic horses, glowing butterflies and giant gemstones drifting through space.
Both “Life Like This” — a meandering number built around a tumbling piano progression — and its video embody Vile’s guiding principle for B’lieve I’m Goin Down, which he explained to Rolling Stone: “I wanted to get back into the habit of writing a sad song on my couch, with nobody waiting on me,” he said. “I really wanted it to sound like it’s on my couch — not in a lo-fi way, just more unguarded and vulnerable.”
The new LP was produced by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith) and recorded during sessions in Brooklyn, Athens, Georgia and Rancho de la Luna Studio in Joshua Tree National Park. B’lieve I’m Goin Down follows 2013’s Wakin on a Pretty Daze, and is slated for release on September 25th.
Vile will hit the road soon after, kicking off a North American run in Boston on October 2nd that will extend through the month and include a set at Austin City Limits Music Festival, taking place over two weekends (October 2nd through 4th and 9th through 11th). A European trek will follow in November.