Mark Kozelek Vinyl, CD & tapes by Mark Kozelek at Norman Records
The strange thing about Mark Kozelek is that he uses all of his aliases to release the banner material and saves up his given name for the bits of music more self-serving and throwaway. If you want the slowcore masterpieces, hit up Red House Painters; for gorgeous acoustic arrangements (earlier) and questionable lyrics (later), get typing Sun Kil Moon. Under the old coot's human name, though, you'll be listening to Modest Mouse covers, AC/DC tributes and Christmas songs... plus the occasional ode to Low or reworked traditional.
There's no shame in it, really: with a baritone as commanding as this, and an ability to pluck about a guitar quite unrivalled, Kozelek moulds his b-material into beautiful, homespun shapes. Under his own name, he's also proved just how open he is to collaborate with literally any interested party, working with Sam Yeaton of jangle-snarkers Parquet Courts, Jimmy Lavalle of the Album Leaf and poets like Nicolas Pauls. As the old saying goes: put Mark's voice to anything and hope for the best. If we have to pick the best thing we've heard Mark Kozelek do under his solo name, it'd have to be that sparse piano cover of 10CC's "Not In Love". A slice of genius on top of another slice of genius.
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