Kurt Vile and Steve Gunn collaborated for their contributions to Three Lobed Recording’s Parallelogram series. The two artists, originally connected by mutual friends and geographic proximity, have long pushed the other’s continued artistic development. Despite sharing many live stages over the years, this installation of Parallelogram represents the first time that the two have worked together in the studio. Vile’s side sees him recast tracks by John Prine (“Way Back When”) and Randy Newman (“Pretty Boys,” featuring some truly electric guitar flourishes from Gunn) as if they were KV originals. The theme of reinvention continues with Vile tearing through a solo banjo rendition of his “Red Apples” (originally from his “God Is Saying This To You…” LP), retitled here as “Red Apples For Tom Scharpling.” Gunn takes on a late period Nico track, “60/40,” and pulls a lysergic rocker out of the track’s goth-ish roots. The bulk of Gunn’s contribution is the epically winding “Spring Garden,” a track in the vein of some of his other long-form guitar excursions. Featuring signature contributions from Vile and Mary Lattimore, this hypnotizing cut is unmistakably a new classic in Gunn’s catalog.
1. Kurt Vile – Pretty Boy
2. Kurt Vile – Way Back Then
3. Kurt Vile – Red Apples for Tom Scharpling
4. Kurt Vile – NPR Reject
5. Steve Gunn – 60/40
6. Steve Gunn – Spring Garden
Track 1: Kurt Vile (vocals, keys, guitar), Steve Gunn (guitar), Mary Lattimore (piano, synth).
Track 2: Kurt Vile (guitar, banjo, keys, harmonica, vocals), Steve Gunn (guitar), Mary Lattimore (harp, piano), Mike Sneeringer (drums).
Track 3: Kurt Vile (banjo, vocals)
Track 4: Kurt Vile (banjo), Mary Lattimore (harp).
Track 5: Steve Gunn (guitar, bass, percussion, vocals), Kurt Vile (guitar, synth).
Track 6: Steve Gunn (guitar, vocals), Kurt Vile (guitar, bass, keys), Mary Lattimore (piano).