I have to confess that I’m not as big a fan of Red House Painters as I perhaps should be, given my other musical predilections (though I do think that “Katy Song” is one of the great “sad bastard” songs of all time). I am, however, a huge fan of Sun Kil Moon, Mark Kozelek’s post-RHP project.
I picked up 2003’s Ghosts of the Great Highway on a whim several years ago, and was not disappointed: it’s a magnificent and elegant album, full of lovely songs that positively ache with longing, melancholy, and nostalgia.
And so I’m very excited that Sun Kil Moon has a new album coming out on April 1, entitled, appropriately enough, April. The album has eleven songs, along with a bonus disc containing alternate versions of four album tracks. You can listen to one of the songs, “Moorestown,” on the Caldo Verde Records website. Click on the April sleeve art, then scroll down and click on the “Listen” link. It’ll be well worth the effort: “Moorestown” is an absolutely lovely track.