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Matador Records has always been a top-notch label in our book -- but giving us stuff for free? That's the real way to win our hearts. Yesterday the label kicked off the release of Kurt Vile's newest EP, Square Shells by offering it for free for 24 hours. Now that was at 11:21 a.m. EST, which means you'd better get on it and grab it while you still can.

If you haven't heard Kurt Vile, now's your chance. For the price of a free back massage you'll be treated to about 25-minutes of acoustic strums and hums. It's a quiet and subdued album that spends as much time aimlessness wandering as it does building a hook. Square Shells is the perfect Sunday morning record, providing enough rhythm to keep you awake but never overdoing it. Take the seven-minute "Invisibility: Nonexistent," as a sample of the rest of the album, it's sparse but not boring -- it's nomadic, but not lost.

In the end, who's going to argue with free? It's a record that probably won't be hitting anyone's heavy rotation anytime soon, but that doesn't make it any less valuable. You might only find it aurally pleasurable in the most obscure of moments, but we still can't recommend it enough.

Get the whole thing here.

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