Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sun Kil Moon - Admiral Fell Promises

You'll have to forgive me for the very unspecific, lofty review for this album. It came from a rather organic place within me... I feel a bizarre out-of-body experience with Sun Kil Moon.

When Nick Hornby details fictitious accounts of untouchable musicians and the enigma of very special musical experiences, you can’t help but think his inspiration comes from artists like Mark Kozelek. The frontman of Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon steeps listeners within his songs, provoking a deeply personal connection. Admiral Fell Promises is a spare album in which Kozelek sings wearily about daily occurrences, travels, and muses with one of the loneliest tones in music today. Through it all, he is accompanied solely by his nylon string guitar, which seems like a symbolic fit for the type of music he’s making—the sort of beautifully ornate craftwork to be appreciated by people who find comfort in solace and reflection. The notes come in quick succession, embellished with finger-picked flourishes and the subtle sound of his fingers sliding up and down the strings. On the title track, he sings to a butterfly, “Let me lock you in my room and keep you for a while.” Anywhere else, the line would be creepy and even a bit dangerous. Here, like everything else on Admiral Fell Promises, it takes on the weight and significance of the condition of Kozelek’s world.

Sun Kil Moon - Australian Winter

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