Sun Kil Moon

Sun Kil Moon



Sun Kil Moon is an American folk rock act from San Francisco, California, founded in 2002. Initially a continuation of the defunct indie rock band Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon is now the primary recording moniker of vocalist and guitarist Mark Kozelek. The project is named after the Korean super flyweight boxer Sung-Kil Moon.[2]

Following the delayed release of Red House Painters' final studio album, Old Ramon (2001), vocalist and guitarist Kozelek began recording new material under the name Sun Kil Moon with bandmates Anthony Koutsos (drums) and Jerry Vessel (bass), alongside Geoff Stanfield and Tim Mooney. The resulting album, Ghosts of the Great Highway, was released in 2003 to widespread critical acclaim. The project's second studio album, Tiny Cities (2005), was composed entirely of Modest Mouse cover songs.

In 2008, the band released its third studio album, April. Recorded as a three-piece by Kozelek, Koutsos and Stanfield, the album was well received and featured guest vocal appearances from noted indie rock musicians Will Oldham and Ben Gibbard.

Inspired by classical guitar music, Kozelek recorded Sun Kil Moon's fourth studio album, Admiral Fell Promises (2010), as a solo act, and continued to record mostly alone on its follow-up, Among the Leaves (2012). In 2013, Kozelek released three studio albums under his own name before releasing Sun Kil Moon's sixth studio album, Benji, in February 2014, to widespread critical acclaim and increased exposure. Sun Kil Moon's latest studio album, Common As Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood, was released in February 2017.


30 Seconds to the Decline of Planet Earth
30 Seconds to the Decline of Planet Earth is an album by musical group Sun Kil Moon, released on May 5, 2017.
Benji is the sixth studio album by American indie folk act Sun Kil Moon, released on 11 February 2014 on Caldo Verde Records.
Admiral Fell Promises
Admiral Fell Promises is the fourth studio album by American indie folk act Sun Kil Moon, released on July 13, 2010 on Caldo Verde Records.
Among the Leaves
Among the Leaves is the fifth studio album by American indie folk act Sun Kil Moon, released on May 29, 2012 on Caldo Verde Records.

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Mount Eerie’s Phil Elverum riffs on Now Only, mortality, legacy, and the liberating power of plainspokenness
  –  March 29, 2018
As he sings on “Real Death”, “When real death enters the house/All poetry is dumb.” Elverum cites Sun Kil Moon as an influence on this new attitude toward songwriting, in particular the 2014 LP Benji, on which Mark Kozelek takes a matter-of-fact ...
There's No Music Like the Unspeakable Grief of Mount Eerie's 'Now Only'
  –  March 27, 2018
His stated influences are the rambling psychodrama of Sun Kil Moon’s recent material, the unembarrassed confessionalism of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s writing, and the acoustic starkness some of Will Oldham’s Palace Music records. But even taking parts of ...
Review: Mount Eerie continues to poetically mourn the loss of his wife on Now Only, but with new perspective and openness
  –  March 20, 2018
Much like the Sun Kil Moon man, Elverum sounds on ‘Distortion’ and ‘Now Only’ like he’s just stringing together different thoughts and occurrences that may or may not have thematic unity, but to him it makes sense. However, it’s hard to imagine ...
Tag Archive: Jesu/Sun Kil Moon
  –  March 19, 2018
FRIDAY, NOV. 18 Nutz Re-Mixed!: Tandy Beal’s dazzling and critically acclaimed family show, called a “Nutcracker for the 21st century,” and featuring music by a cappella ensemble SoVoSo, kicks off »
Album of the Week: Mount Eerie
  –  March 16, 2018
Recounting playing festival shows alongside the likes of Father John Misty in a similar diary, quick-fire style to Sun Kil Moon's classic Benji, Elverum closes up the song with karmic clarity-"Taking in the night air I say, 'now only.'" "I wondered what ...
REVIEW: ‘No Fool Like An Old Fool’ fails to stand out from indie-folk crowd
  –  March 16, 2018
The two components feel tenuously connected. It is appropriate that Caroline Says is associated with Sun Kil Moon, an indie-folk project from Mark Kozelek. She is almost a complete carbon copy of him, but with a less-intelligible lyrical delivery.
On ‘Now Only,’ Mount Eerie peers into a void
  –  March 14, 2018
The title track documents a surreal festival experience with the diaristic world-weariness of “Benji”-era Sun Kil Moon, as Elverum wonders whether he’s keeping Castrée’s memory alive or just numbing himself to her loss as he sings “these death ...
NEW MUSIC: Praise, Courtney Barnett, Sun Kil Moon, Superorganism
  –  February 22, 2018
This week in new music: South London post punk outfit Shame (above) take an admirable stab at becoming the voice of a generation, Courtney Barnett wants of go for a walk in peace, Mark Kozelek reacts to the Florida school shootings and Superorganism ...

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