Artist of the Week: Sun Kil Moon
After releasing two records that were meant to be solo record but ended up being the final tumultuous outputs of Red House Painters (1996’s Songs for a Blue Guitar and 2001’s Old Ramon), Mark Kozelek, who had starred as the bassist of Stillwater on Cameron Crow’s Almost Famous (2000), released in 2003 and to wide critical acclaim Sun Kil Moon debut Ghosts of the Great Highway. A record of Modest Mouse covers (2005’s Tiny Cities) and another one featuring indie icons Will Oldham and Ben Gibbard (2008’s April) followed, being both amongst the first releases of Caldo Verde, Kozelek’s own label. In 2010’s Admiral Fell Promises and 2012’s Among the Leaves definitely turned Sun Kil Moon as a moniker for records that were almost entirely written, performed and produced by Kozelek alone.
Benji, Sun Kil Moon’s sixth studio album, deepens the autobiographical tone initiated in his previous record and stands as a pungent demonstration of Mark Kozelek’s ability to turn the most raw and intimate details of his personal life into a fascinating musical journey into what one might call humanity.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.