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Sun Kil Moon is primarily a solo vehicle for Mark Kozelek, formerly of the Red House Painters. Kozelek once recorded an entire album (What’s Next to the Moon) of tender acoustic renditions of Bon Scott-era AC/DC songs — and it worked. On Tiny Cities he deconstructs 11 Modest Mouse tunes in a similarly subdued way. Performed mostly on acoustic guitar with spare accompaniment from his backing band, he slows the tunes down and explores the lyrical cracks for stray bits of meaning and nuance, often finding mournful undercurrents not apparent — or not intended — in the original versions. Moody and languid, the tempo varies only slightly throughout the entire album, lulling you in before fading out a brief 30 minutes later. It’s not necessary to be familiar with Modest Mouse’s music to appreciate Tiny Cities, as the essence of the songs are effectively captured without even a reference to their jagged, jangly sound. Kozelek obviously recognizes Isaac Brock as a kindred idiosyncratic spirit, allowing him to crawl inside the evocative lyrics and emerge with something inspired and personal.

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4 stars

Great album for fans of Kozelek. You get what you pay for here - some songs are drastic interpretations, others seem to be droning mish mash. If you like SunKilMoon, you will like this. Standout tracks are Trucker's Atlas, Tiny Cities.... and Neverending Math Equation.


Formed: 2002 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

After dissolving his previous band, Red House Painters, singer/songwriter Mark Kozelek resurfaced with Sun Kil Moon, refining and expanding the luminous acoustic balladry and harrowingly intimate lyricism that were the hallmarks of his career to date. Born in Massillon, Ohio, in 1967, Kozelek formed his first band, God Forbid, while in his teens. Upon relocating to Atlanta, he struck up a friendship with drummer Anthony Koutsos, and together they formed the first incarnation of Red House Painters....
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