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Mark Kozelek / Ben Boye / Jim White Mark Kozelek with Ben Boye and Jim White
Caldo Verde Oct. 6, 2017

Mark Kozelek / Ben Boye / Jim White — Mark Kozelek with Ben Boye and Jim White (Oct. 6, 2017)

 Mark Kozelek / Ben Boye / Jim White — Mark Kozelek with Ben Boye and Jim White Mark Kozelek / Ben Boye / Jim White — Mark Kozelek with Ben Boye and Jim White (Oct. 6, 2017)★    One of the best singer~songwriters of the ‘90s and beyond, with solo albums as well as his work with Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon.
★    Chicago~based improvisational keyboard/autoharp player who has worked with numerous jazz, indie rock, and folk musicians.
★    Australian drummer best known for co~founding instrumental rock trio Dirty Three in addition to working with Nick Cave, Cat Power, and others.
Location: San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.
Album release: October 6, 2017
Recording Date: June, 2017
Recording Location: Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.
Format: 2 LP
Record Label: Caldo Verde
Duration:     39:42 + 47:48 => 87:30
Tracks:
Disc 1
1 House Cat     6:48 
2 Topo Gigio     14:43 
3 Fur Balls     5:31 
4 Los Margaritos     5:08 
5 Astronomy     7:32
Disc 2
1 Blood Test     12:01 
2 Ashes     4:42 
3 February Rain     8:20 
4 The Black Butterfly     6:23 
5 The Robin Williams Tunnel     16:22
Credits:
•★•      Brian Azer Sleeve Design
•★•      Ben Boye Composer, Keyboards
•★•      Will Chason Photography
•★•      Mark Kozelek Bass, Composer, Guitar, Photography, Producer, Vocals
•★•      Jim White Composer, Drums
•★•      Nathan Winter Engineer, Mixing, PhotographyFotka uživatele Ben Tais Amundssen.AllMusic Review by Paul Simpson;  Score: ***½
★    Mark Kozelek’s fifth release in 2017 was created with keyboardist Ben Boye (who appeared on both of the year’s Sun Kil Moon albums in addition to numerous recordings by Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Ryley Walker, among others) and Dirty Three drummer Jim White. Almost immediately, Boye and White seem like a much better, more fitting match for Kozelek than some of the musicians he’d previously collaborated with during the preceding few years. The albums with Jesu clearly sound like Kozelek singing/speaking on top of Justin Broadrick’s electronic backing tracks, and Steve Shelley’s drums on Common as Light and Love were highly repetitive loops. Here, the three musicians clearly seem like they’re all in the same room, feeding off of each other’s creative energies. This is most readily apparent during the 15~minute “Topo Gigio” (about Kozelek’s childhood stuffed pig, named after the mouse puppet from The Ed Sullivan Show), during which he pauses from his observational rambling to let the music take over. At the end of the piece, the music becomes more furious, and Kozelek becomes more enraged and imitates missiles being launched, crying out “The tension is escalating!” On other tracks, the musicians seem to flow in an ambling, abstract groove, switching things up when Kozelek changes thoughts or moods. Typical of his post~Benji style, Kozelek’s lyrics are a mixture of hopefulness, disgust with the state of the world, reflections on his daily life, remembrances of friends and acquaintances, and moments of goofiness and levity. He also really adores and envies cats. “House Cat” is told from the point of view of a fat, lazy house cat who wonders why all the humans keep arguing so much, or what that orange guy on the television screen is yelling about. At least half of the other songs mention felines in one way or another. Elsewhere, he reflects on everyone’s differences during “Blood Test,” eventually encouraging people to reject hate culture and “rise above.” On “Los Margaritos,” he apologizes to family members for the foul mood he was in while they took him out for dinner the previous night. “The Black Butterfly” is a surrealist tale recalling a dream where Elliott Smith was still alive and had a kid who was in danger of failing the third grade, and he invited Kozelek to tour with him. Inevitably, the nearly 90~minute album goes on longer than it needs to, with the slow, boring “February Rain” being the most skippable track. Even still, the album’s best moments are insightful and touching, and for anyone following the strange path his music has taken, it’s still worth hearing.Fotka uživatele Ben Tais Amundssen.
Notes:
★    Tony: This is a great album, Mark. I love the openness of the sound. I like how long the tracks are. You take your damn sweet time expressing yourself and in doing so you take us on a very genuine trip inside your life and somehow it relates to our lives too. Everything matters, from the profound effect of a personal relationship to what you read in your fortune cookie. I have to say that Ben Boye and Jim White are fantastic musicians, and you’re playing the bass! Respect! We are brothers in bass. I don’t have any credits for your last three albums because I downloaded them from iTunes. But, given your preference for free form songs and recording do you actually work with a producer or are you self~produced? I think the latter. I love the production. Thanks for giving me an advanced listen. You’ve got a fan for life.
★    Mark: Tony, I’m a fan of yours for life, and have been since a trip to Los Angeles listening to the song Young Americans on repeat when I was in third grade. This has been more of an honor than I could ever explain. I’m self~produced, but it’s you and all who have inspired me along the way who are in the studio with me, in spirit. Thank you for the many amazing records you produced that set the tone for who I would become, and sent me on this beautiful journey of music. And thank you for taking the time to listen to this record that I made with Ben and Jim.
Interview: http://sunkilmoon.com/interview_mark_kozelek_tony_visconti_2017.htmlFotka uživatele Ben Tais Amundssen. © (Mark with Jim White. Hyde Street Studios, February 2017)
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