Catch Mark Kozelek at his absolute best before he started singing about his bad behaviour rather than hiding it behind gorgeous albums of fingerpicked folk bliss. Admiral Fell Promises is an absolute sparkling beauty - exemplary guitar playing, lyrical brilliance, that dark brown voice. I could simply weep when considering what has happened to him since this was released.
CD £12.99 CDCV011
CD on Caldo Verde.
Vinyl Double LP £31.49 VFR2010-1
2LP on Caldo Verde.
Oh bloomin' hell. Can the day get any better? The king of melancholic autumnal songwriting is back. 2008's stunning 'April' set was so deep and dense and sprawlingly gorgeous that it took at least 2 years for the thing to fully sink in. Now out of the blue we have another one to digest. I probably need a week with this to give a full description such is the length and complexity of Mark Kozelek's compositions. Initial impressions are of a much more downbeat, minimalist set with just Kozelek's rich warm dark brown voice and expertly plucked nylon stringed guitar for company. For the uninitiated its superb late night music that's just the pinnacle of lonely low key slowcore songwriting. Comparable to Nick Drake, Jose Gonzales, Low, Bonny Prince Billy. Album of the week for me in this or any other week.
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