Sun Kill Moon
Mark Kozelek was originally a singer-songwriter among the famed Red House Painters. It earned him the title of ‘founding father of slow core’, leaving in his wake bands like Low and American Music Club.
Later he took another direction with the equally great Sun Kil Moon. One thing is already clear when you listen to Kozelek’s albums: he knows how to capture in his recordings a rare emotional intensity that you won’t find anywhere else.
Following gems like April (2008) and Admiral Fell Promises (2010), we are looking forward to the new album of Sun Kil Moon, Benji (released in February 2014). We are already salivating at the sight of the guest list involved in the making of this album: Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, Will Oldham (aka Bonnie Prince Billy), Jen Wood (Postal Service), and many more.
We are already drooling as we listen to the first singles ‘Micheline’, ‘Richard Ramirez Died Today of Natural Causes’ and most recently ‘Ben's My Friend’. That last single was praised by Stereogum and awarded the title of ‘Best New Track’ by Pitchfork.
Kozelek has undergone a marked transformation in every way, increasingly drifting away from the melodramatic nature of Red House Painters, or even older work by Sun Kil Moon. Benji is situated earlier in the mid-tempo music with a prominent role for the sax, a genre that was previously developed on Kaputt by the Canadian band Destroyer.
This could well be a new milestone for a great singer-songwriter.
"A newly inspired Kozelek gets back to the studio ready to put in 12-hour shifts and finally ends up completing his best record to date, and "Ben's My Friend" is the last song on it." (Read more on Pitchfork.com)