Vacilando Territory Blues

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Vacilando Territory Blues
Studio album by J. Tillman
Released 2009
Recorded 2008
Genre Folk, Indie folk
Length 49:27
Label Western Vinyl
Producer Kory Kruckenberg
J. Tillman chronology
Cancer And Delirium
(2007)String Module Error: Match not found2007
Vacilando Territory Blues
Year In The Kingdom
(2009)Year In The Kingdom2009
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 73/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Pitchfork Media (7.6/10)[2]

Vacilando Territory Blues is J. Tillman's sixth album. It was released via the Western Vinyl label. The label writes: "Vacilando Territory Blues, came as the result of three different recording attempts in 2008, in which entire sessions were scrapped, and ultimately the majority of the final material would surface and be recorded days before mastering. The push and pull of this record veers sharply from the tone of Tillman's previous releases, which for the most part, adhere to a singular mood and stylistic execution. The tension dynamically between songs like "Firstborn" and "New Imperial Grand Blues" is hard to reconcile, but the way the songs are framed herein belies a cohesion not dissimilar to classic oddball albums such as After the Gold Rush."[3]

In an interview for Hear Ya, Tillman said about Vacilando Territory Blues: "The initial vision was for that record was to be a full band kind of deal. Like a straight ‘rock’ thing. I recorded about 7 or 8 songs like that and thought I’d slap on a few solo acoustic arrangements on there and it would be done. But, I ended up being just kind of dissatisfied with it. So, I wrote 7 or 8 more songs and at the end of the day was only comfortable with a few of those as well. I probably recorded 40 songs for that record and there would be 3 or 4 of each batch that ultimately ended up together on the record. I’d had such a hard time finding a central theme for the record that eventually the central theme became not having a theme at all. That idea was really attractive to me. There was a time that year where I said, ‘I can’t do this anymore’. I got into a bad headspace feeling like this (my solo career) was not a sustainable venture. That created the tone of the record for me. It turned into a record about the angst of making a record, which was a good depiction of where I was. I really couldn’t stand to listen to that record for a while. But, now I think I’m in a place where I can actually enjoy it. Not like I sit around and listen to my own music all the time or anything."[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "All You See" 0:47
2. "No Occasion" 3:51
3. "Firstborn" 3:29
4. "Vessels" 3:46
5. "James Blues" 2:30
6. "Steel On Steel" 4:39
7. "Labourless Land" 3:24
8. "Barter Blues" 7:24
9. "New Imperial Grand Blues" 4:02
10. "Master's House" 4:56
11. "Someone, With Child" 3:16
12. "Above All Men" 3:53
13. "Vacilando Territory" 3:30
Total length: 49:27

Music videos[edit]

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Matt Blodgett & Matt Mastrorocco


  1. ^ "Vacilando Territory Blues by J Tillman". Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "J. Tillman: Vacilando Territory Blues Album Review - Pitchfork". Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "WV - WV56". Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  4. ^ SafariMan. "HeardYa, J. Tillman [The Interview]". Retrieved 19 September 2016. 

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