On the cusp of fifteen years after Kozolek’s Red House Painters act disbanded, Sun Kil Moon continues to command a firm reputation for prolific, profound recorded output and exemplary live capabilities. The Guardian hailed Sun Kil Moon’s live offering “utterly magnificent”, Brooklyn Vegan declaring it “one of the most surprising and fulfilling show-going experiences I’ve had in years”
Announced and released just last week via his website sunkilmoon.com, Sun Kil Moon’s new double LP ‘Common As Light And Love Are Red Valleys Of Blood’ is a sixteen track tome that takes listeners on a journey across the United States of 2016. It traverses the harrowing, often banal realities of Kozolek’s travels and internal narrative via candid, intimate lyrical musings like “I’ve lived many lifetimes in my 49 years.” It really is quite the journey, and disarmingly beautiful. Released independently on Kozolek’s own Caldo Verde imprint and recorded with Steve Shelly of Sonic Youth, it follows 2016’s much-praised long-player collaboration with US drone artist Jesu (Justin Broderick), and 2015’s ‘Universal Themes’ album. An anticipated second Jesu/Sun Kil Moon LP is due for release on May 5. Do not be fooled by their heavier themes; these records are also endowed with sincere love, humour and gratitude.
Sun Kil Moon is utterly unique amongst the folk and rock genres. Sparse yet intense, there is a mesmerising quality to these introspective musical musings. The atmospheric restraint of arrangements is adored by true music aficionados the world over. This music, so sweeping, intimate and poetic, inspires a unique brand of allegiance and respect. Pulsing and luminous, this is acoustic balladry that transcends narrative, deftly conjuring vivid and dynamic imagery.
Audiences are in store for the brand of happy sadness that sits right in the core of your chest. Sun Kil Moon provides an unparalleled, unforgettable live music experience. Tickets are on sale now.