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sore eros & kurt vile

jamaica plain

care in the community


Released: 10th Feb 2014


Kurt Vile & Robert Robinson were introduced to each other back in 2001 by a mutual friend because they were born on the same day (January 3rd 1980) & by the following year they had begun recording these recently unearthed & previously unreleased tracks.

As one of the most celebrated American songwriters of today, Kurt Vile really needs no introduction (as far as we're concerned anyway). Collaborator and long-time friend Robert Robinson is a past member of The Violators, has toured in Ariel Pink’s band, but is best known for his own outfit, Sore Eros. The EP’s title track takes its name from the Boston town in Massachusetts, where it was recorded, referred to in the 19th century as "the Eden of America". This unhurried and meandering track, that opens with its simple finger-picked melody on acoustic guitar, is a melancholic evocation of a pastoral idyll that’s enhanced by the solely analogue production employed across the whole record. 'Serum' is the closest thing this EP gets to a conventional song structure & length. Robinson’s naïve vocal style cuts through Vile’s gloopy laudanum influenced remix treatment of the instrumentation. 'Calling Out of Work' returns to the territory of Jamaica Plain ,albeit a more abstract interior landscape. It was recorded a year later than the first two tracks at Kurt Vile’s home in Philadelphia, just before he went on to form The War on Drugs with Adam Granduciel.

jamaica plain


  2. SERUM