Kurt Vile is nothing if not honest. While his music throughout the years has shown that honesty, his latest E.P. Speed, Sound, Loneliness really brings his earnest tones to light. After offering up a duet with legend John Prine on the release, he recently stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers to perform an in studio cover of the John Prine classic “Speed of the Sound of Loneliness” that sounds as amazing as it does on the EP.
After a heartfelt opening from Meyers Vile shows up on screen sitting with just the acoustic. Much like on the EP the song has all of the charm of the original. With Vile’s vocals offering a soft and meandering tone that rings throughout. The way the cover plays out it feels like an homage to Prine’s greatness while delivering the heft of the original. The words are those that still hit as hard here as Vile proves he can stop us in our tracks no matter what he plays.
The performance can be viewed above. Speed, Sound, Loneliness is available to purchase physically directly from Matador Records. It can also be streamed or purchased from all digital outlets. Kurt Vile will appear at Primavera Sound on June 02 in Barcelona, Spain and at Parc de Forum in Barcelona, Spain on June 03.
Image Credits: Photo by Jo McCaughey.