Sun Kil Moon
Caldo Verde Records
4 out of 5 stars
Release Date: April 1, 2008
Named after a Korean bantamweight boxer, Sun Kil Moon has found their true niche with their third album, April. Released on April 1, this album is just what the title and release date suggest: A perfect accompaniment for the warming of spring.
Led by former Red House Painters front man Mark Kozelek, Sun Kil Moon has created a departure from traditional indie and folk records alike, with six of April’s songs clocking in at over seven minutes; however the album’s open-roomed production and songwriting are not.
Kozelek has never sounded healthier and his songwriting has never been more focused. The arrangements however, are what make this album. The gorgeous opening acoustic number, “Lost Verses,” turns into an indie pop tune at the eight-minute mark and the Neil Young-influenced track “Tonight The Sky” features a very clever two minute guitar solo at the 6:35 minute mark; something Young himself would probably have played if asked to guest.
April could very well have been a solo release, but for Kozelek that would have taken away from the autonomy he so desires. Will Oldham and Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard make appearances as guest vocalists.
– Jonathan Keller