SUN KIL MOON RELEASES NEW SINGLE FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM

SUN KIL MOON RELEASES NEW SINGLE FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM

Joe GransingerThursday,17 October 2013

The Snap:

Sun Kil Moon, the moniker of singer/songwriter Mark Kozelek, has released “Micheline,” the second single to surface from his upcoming album, Benji. The first track shown from the record featured a quick-talking Kozelek mixing speech and song over an acoustic guitar, but Micheline takes on the folksy, relaxing, story-telling style of Sun Kil Moon’s previous albums.

Benji is scheduled for release on February 4th, 2014.

The Download:

Nothing makes me happier than a new release from Sun Kil Moon, especially when that new release is as good as Micheline. I haven’t tried to hide my love for Sun Kil Moon in previous posts, and I’m not going to start here. I think he’s an absolute musical genius, and 2012’s “Among the Leaves is still one of my favorite albums in recent years.

And with that said, I absolutely hated the album’s first single, “Richard Ramirez Died Today of Natural Causes.” I just couldn’t stand it. It doesn’t’ have the good flow or smooth elegance that a typical Sun Kil Moon song features, and it often borders the line between singing and rapping. The lyrics and guitar work do make it tolerable, though, and the song itself isn’t bad; it’s just raw and feels a tad forced.

Micheline,” on the other hand, is six minutes of pure brilliance. Kozelek throws it back to Sun Kil Moon’s roots, keeping it folksier than ever while telling a story like only he can. The lyrics aren’t uplifting or even happy – they’re mostly memories of people from his past that have died – but there’s something about the song that’s so relaxing and comforting that it’s spooky.

I hadn’t planned on picking up Benji if the album continued with the style of “Richard Ramirez Died,” but “Micheline” now has me begging for more.

Listen to “Micheline” below (via Stereogum).

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  1. […] It’s no secret that I’ve had a huge man-crush on Mark Kozelek for the last few years, and if he keeps making albums like Benji, well… I don’t see my affection fading away anytime soon. […]

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