Saturday, June 12, 2010
Sun Kill Moon - Admiral Fell Promises
I was so excited to have read that Sun Kil Moon was releasing their new album, Admiral Fell Promises, on July 13th. This is a huge deal for me, because Sun Kil Moon is one of the bands/projects that I have regularly listened to for a few years and still never tire.
This band is the music project of Mark Kozelek, best known for his work in his previous group, The Red House Painters. Kozelek has mainly undertaken the writing, composing, singing, and guitar playing for Sun Kil Moon. His work is brilliant. He transcends the art and becomes more than an artist. His songs are hauntingly beautiful and melancholic. Kozelek is able to do something that I have never heard -- create a oneness with words and music, where both are entwined and inseparable. There are not enough superlatives in the English language to describe Mark Kozelek's super genius.
Sun Kil Moon's new songs, "Admiral Fell Promises" and "Australian Winter", are completely acoustic -- only Kozelek and the amazing sound of his guitar. "Admiral Fell Promises" is a song that starts loving and ends brutally, but keeps the same somewhat sweet guitar throughout the song. "Australian Winter", is just that -- chilling, lonely and dark. If this is any indication of what Admiral Fell Promises is like, I'm positive that Sun Kil Moon's promises will not be felled.
Stream "Admiral Fell Promises" and "Australian Winter"
"Carry Me Ohio", Ghost of the Great Highway (2003)
"Heron Blue", April (2008)