Sun Kil Moon – Among the Leaves

January 01, 1970

(Caldo Verde)


Whatever the moniker – Sun Kil Moon, Red House Painters or
simply his given name – Mark Kozelek seems to spend his time crafting sensitive
songs of a decidedly melancholic nature. That tack doesn’t change much here, but
framed by little more than a 12-string guitar, Kozelek’s doe-eyed sigh actually
allows a more substantive embrace.


While the overcast influence of Nick Drake still predominates,
other references are evident as well: early Paul Simon, mid-period Joni
Mitchell, and a hint of Crosby Stills and Nash harmonies. Both brittle and beautiful
– “Sunshine in Chicago” and “Lonely Mountain”
are two of the most tender songs in Kozelek’s canon – Among the Leaves also boasts unlikely hints of self-deprecating
humor. Check the titles “I Know It’s Pathetic But That Was The Greatest Night
Of My Life” and “The Moderately Talented Yet Attractive Young Woman vs. The
Exceptionally Talented Yet Not So
Attractive Middle Aged Man.”


So its songs aren’t exactly of the hum-along variety. No
matter. There’s no denying Sun Kil Moon’s luminous glow.


DOWNLOAD: “Sunshine In Chicago,”
“Lonely Mountain” LEE ZIMMERMAN

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