- Caldo Verde / CDCV044 / LPCV044
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Why does Mark Kozelek have so many friends? Here he sings over music made by Sean Yeaton (Parquet Courts) and features guest appearances by Will Oldham, Steve Shelley, Jim White and an actual woman in Holly Throsby. Let’s hope Kozelek kept his views to himself in the latter session. Very limited (to 300) CD only release.
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Well he's now in spoken word territory. Should the recent Jesu and Sun Kil Moon records contain too much music for your enjoyment and you want more of the Koz then this is for you. Parquet Courts Sean Yeaton provides eerie soundscapes and lo-fi folk over which Kozelek speaks over. The thing is, it works waaay better than his recent rantings because it is a uniquely ambient project. The lack of melody and song craft allows the ear to listen to Kozelek without the expectation of actually expecting a tune from him.
However.....we're still in diary territory though and the same self obsessions - hotels, planes, his cat, his amazing girlfriend (who I understand from this is the prettiest/best woman in the entire world) though he admits "I slept with a lot of pretty girls all around the world". It's really good to hear someone who is so pleased with themselves:- "I accomplished a lot in music" he reveals and and it's also good to know that he sends out his Christmas bonuses each year.
It's actually fucking hilarious. I mean the man is a total idiot ..."my girlfriend said what do you want for your 50th birthday? I said I just want my colon to be ok". There's a lot of worrying about health so I can relate better than I can to records about backstage amenities and the tedium of flying/hotels.
Weirdly by delving further into the abyss this is better and more enjoyable than recent records. I'm not sure if I'll want to play it again - perhaps he should just give up the music thing and do stand up?
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