New Music: The Sadies – “It’s Easy (Like Walking)” ft. Kurt Vile
Canadian alt-country veterans The Sadies are known for their collaborations; their last album, 2014’s And the Conquering Sun was a 10-track collaboration with iconic Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, and they have long served as Neko Case’s backing band and musical advisors. Other past co-conspirators have included Neil Young, Robyn Hitchock, John Doe, and Andre Williams.
“It’s Easy (Like Walking), the band’s first single toward their upcoming album Northern Passages, features a great new addition to the Sadies’ ranks: their former tourmate Kurt Vile, who contributes vocals. Reasonably, it could be a less reverb-drowned Violators track, but it’s a little more playful: “Hey little one up there just playing possum / Wake up to smoke ‘em from whence you got ‘em.” Vile’s vocal line is talkative and pleasantly percussive, a perfect counterpoint to the thick, REM-reminiscent wash of guitars.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this post listed that Dine Alone Records would be releasing the album in the U.S. as well, instead of Yep Roc Records.