AOTY 2023

Back to Moon Beach

Kurt Vile - Back to Moon Beach
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
User Score
Based on 80 ratings
2023 Ratings: #440
Liked by 11 people
November 17, 2023 / Release Date
EP / Format
Verve / Label
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On an album-length EP, Kurt Vile finds darker shades to his gold-hued worldview.
The Philadelphian's 52-minute EP is full of earnest, pensive jams, genuinely good cover songs and an uncertain outlook on what might come next.
Northern Transmissions

I can’t name “Back to Moon Beach” among Vile’s definitive works, but this time, Vile has managed to make this LP-Length EP as diverse as possible by digging and recycling a lot of different stuff.

It's another page in Vile's ongoing catalog of daydreams and stoned musings, in its best moments reaching the same levels of quality as his fully considered albums.

There's a constant reckoning with repetition and necessity on Back to Moon Beach; It's tremendously long, offering remixes of old material and recapitulating many typical Vile motifs. While slyly daring in extremely subtle ways, a large portion feels somewhat superfluous to his more grounded catalogue.

Under the Radar

On balance, Back to Moon Beach leans just enough into the recommended category and adds a few low key gems to Vile’s catalog along its meandering way.

The Arts Desk
Recycled riffs and covers are an enjoyable listen.

Reassuringly great ‘minor’ (it’s still an hour long) EP from KV - if you’re expecting brevity this is still only a little more tight than his usual sprawling releases.

Leisurely is the word, these are tunes to kick back to and let wash over you, but the impressive thing here is the quality is as high as usual and the songs flow very nicely thank you very much.

Some usual Vile chucklesome turns of phrase in the lyrics too, almost a recognised trademark in their own ... read more


Very Kurt Vile record, chilled stoner folk indie. Exactly what you would expect from the man.

Well nearly.

There is a version of Must Be Santa on the record to. I wasn't expecting that.

Essential Track - Another good year for the roses


Back to the Moon Beach, the latest EP from Kurt Vile presents loose tracks that don't have much in common with each other, but still fit together nicely to represent his different modes. Even though I thought 52 minutes was way too long for an EP, I did enjoy the fact that Vile just allows tracks like "Tom Petty's gone (but tell him I asked for him)" and the title track to wander and display his laid-back aesthetic so well. Shorter tracks like opener "Another good year for the ... read more

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Added on: October 20, 2023