SUN KIL MOON AND THE ALBUM LEAF SHOW US PERILS FROM THE SEA

SUN KIL MOON AND THE ALBUM LEAF SHOW US PERILS FROM THE SEA

Joe GransingerThursday,2 May 2013

The Snap:

Sun Kil Moon’s frontman Mark Kozolek and The Album Leaf’s Jimmy Lavalle have recently released their long awaited collaborative album, “Perils from the Sea”. Both artists have strayed just far enough outside of their normal tendencies to create something new and fresh, and the result is available to stream on Spotify or purchase on iTunes.

The Download:

As I stated back in 2013: A Quick Glance Forward, I’m a big Sun Kil Moon fan. I was super excited to see how this collaboration would turn out – and it definitely doesn’t disappoint. Combining Kozolek’s incredibly depressing (yet stunning) vocals with Lavalle’s knack for creating smooth, head-bobbing electronic melodies; it’s a match made in heaven. Both styles are very evident in the song “Baby in death can I rest next to your grave”, as it begins to play out in traditional Sun Kil Moon style, until the 3:20 mark where Lavalle picks up the pace a bit. This is seen throughout the album, but a quicker pace is never a bad thing when listening to Kozolek, who could make a 5-minute song out of two lines.

However, the six-minute devotion of “Caroline” is the true stud of the album. The heartfelt display of vocals paired with the mixing of subtle electronic notes and an acoustic guitar create a truly astounding track. Kozolek’s voice is put front and center while Lavalle handles the rest – and it works perfectly. Admittedly, some tracks do sound a little bit awkward at first. Any regular Sun Kil Moon listener might feel that someone is just remixing a track from “Among the Leaves“, but for the most part the two opposites do mesh quite well.

A more upbeat (more Album Leaf influenced) song is the opening track, “What happened to my brother”. Right from the beginning we get a synthesized, almost 8-bit sounding rhythm that eventually combines with the smooth vocals – albeit, sung a little quicker than the usual depressing drone that we expect. This is the type of song that had me a little worried before the album was released – as it takes Kozolek out of his comfort zone – but they both pull off their parts wonderfully.

As a whole, the album is worth picking up. Some songs are unexciting and generally bland, but the tracks that do standout are by far strong enough to carry the rest.

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The Album Leaf, Sun Kil Moon, Pitchfork, Image Credit: Flickr



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