Sun Kil Moon - Universal Themes
Folk, Singer-Songwriter | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 70:10 min | 171 MB + 5% Recovery
Label: Caldo Verde Records | Tracks: 08 | Rls.date: 2015
Given the subject matter of singer-guitarist Mark Kozelek's lyrics - his own experiences and reactions to them - "Universal Themes" is a bit of a misnomer for his 14th album. The mumbled splurges of Kozelek's non-rhyming narrative come so thick and fast that it's hard to keep up. But you can catch snatches: real-life incidents are recalled (in Little Rascals, looking after an ageing cat; in Garden of Lavender, a 1998 Gomez gig; in Ali/Spinks 2, the death of a family friend) that reveal his hang-ups and tastes. The songs of Sun Kil Moon - pretty much an alias for Kozelek, though he is accompanied here by former Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley - veer off on tangents.
On the stark epic The Possum, just when you think Kozelek's hit upon a hook, he stops and does something else entirely. There are spoken segments, garage-rock and pretty acoustic passages, too, but his default setting is intimate and minimal.
1. The Possum
2. Birds of Flims
3. With a Sort of Grace I Walked to the Bathroom to Cry
4. Garden of Lavender
5. Cry Me a River Williamsburg Sleeve Tattoo Blues
6. Ali/Spinks 2
7. Little Rascals
8. This Is My First Day and I'm Indian and I Work at a Gas Station