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A self-confessed musical sponge, Kurt Vile began to create and release a series of lo-fi home recordings that reflected his admiration of everything from delta blues and skiffle right through to the minimalist aggression of Suicide. "Childish Prodigy" was recorded by Philly-based engineer Jeff Zeigler and is a marked progression for the former guitarist of The War On Drugs. More diverse than its predecessor, the album is a rich tapestry of rock and folk moments drenched in echo and feedback. Glossier in production and yet still retaining his lo-fi sensibilities, "Childish Prodigy" bears echoes of Tom Petty, "Street Legal"-era Bob Dylan, Spacemen 3 and Skip Spence. With a voice that is intimate yet immediate, "Childish Prodigy" is a record that rewards the patient listener.