Ooh, good news for this chilly day. Mark Kozelek, late of Red House Painters, will be releasing a new Sun Kil Moon record on April 1, appropriately titled April. Right now you can stream a new song, "Moorestown," at Caldo Verde Records. The song embodies Kozelek's musical m.o.: Melancholy strings sway in the background like a sad lullaby, matching the chilly acoustic guitar and his hypnotic, evocative voice. Think fleshed-out shoegaze-folk, or hymns for those people whose idea of religion is an acoustic guitar.
From the press release:
April is a collection of songs recorded between March and August 2007 in San Francisco (Hyde Street Studios) and Seattle (Well Recording). In the spirit of Sun Kil Moon’s Ghosts and Tiny Cities, Mark was joined by the same players as before, including drummer Anthony Koutsos (Red House Painters), bassist Geoff Stanfield (Black Lab), violist Michi Aceret, and percussionist David Revelli. April also finds Mark in the company of guest vocalists Bonnie Prince Billy, Ben Gibbard, and Eric Pollard (Retribution Gospel Choir). Mark will play select solo dates coinciding with the release, and will tour with Sun Kil Moon later in the year.
-- Annie Zaleski