Recorded parallel to the Wakin On A Pretty Daze album sessions, the seven tracks that form the it's a big world out there (and i am scared) EP are an extension of said album, rather than a separate entity.

Opener 'Never Run Away (string synth)' uses its parenthesis to illuminate a marginal difference between the album version and unfortunately it's a recurring theme throughout.

'NRA Reprise', a short modulation of the riff from 'Never Run Away' oozes psych-rock and precedes the first new track, the six-minute fingerpicked beauty 'Feel My Pain'. Perhaps too sombre for Wakin On A Pretty Daze, 'Feel My Pain' is lyrically more in tune with 2010's Smoke Ring For My Halo and a welcome reminder that Vile isn't entirely about reliving Wakin....

Album tracks 'Snowfakes Are Dancing" and 'Air Bud' are also reprised; 'Snowfakes Extended' another literal title, clocks in with two minutes 20 seconds more than the original. 'Wedding Budz', the mirror of 'Air Bud' is stripped down to an instrumental with pronounced synth.

The second new track 'The Ghost Of Freddie Roach' fits the bill for Wakin, a familiar yet unremarkable mixture of dreamy guitars and spaced out vocals, it sounds as if it was dropped from the album. 'Reprise Reprise' aptly closes.

It's a big world out there (and i am scared) may well be the reprise to Wakin On A Pretty Daze, and admirers of Kurt Vile will certainly appreciate it, but as a standalone EP it's confusing. There aren't enough "I want to listen again" moments because of the repetitive nature. While it is nice to hear two new songs, you can't help but think 'Feel My Pain' deserved a better release platform than this.