|Mark Kozelek & Sean Yeaton||Yellow Kitchen|
Mark Kozelek & Sean Yeaton — Yellow Kitchen (June 30th, 2017) ≡★≡ Taken from their collaborative album, Yellow Kitchen, due out soon. 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 Kill Moon. Sean: Brooklyn~based musician and writer best known for playing bass in garage punk group Parquet Courts.
≡★≡ Kozelek also has another collaborative album coming out October 7th. Featuring Ben Boye (Will Oldham) and Jim White (Dirty Three), it’s aptly titled Mark Kozelek with Ben Boye and Jim White.≡★≡ A Little Larger Than the Entire Universe.
Mark born: January 24, 1967
Origin: Massillon, Ohio, USA
Location: San Francisco, California ~ Brooklyn, New York, United States
Album release: June 30th, 2017
Recorded: in USA through December, 2016 ~~ May, 2017.
Record Label: Caldo Verde
01. Time To Destination 6:06
02. No Christmas Like This 7:29
03. I’m Still In Love With You 4:50
04. Somebody’s Favorite Song 7:26
05. The Reasons I Love You 3:29
06. Daffodils 12:00
≡★≡ Brian Azer Sleeve Design
≡★≡ Charlie Beutter Engineer
≡★≡ Will Chason Engineer
≡★≡ Adam Cox Engineer
≡★≡ Mark Kozelek Composer, Photography, Producer, Vocals
≡★≡ Will Oldham Voices
≡★≡ Steve Shelley Drums
≡★≡ Holly Throsby Voices
≡★≡ Jim White Drums
≡★≡ Nathan Winter Engineer, Mixing
≡★≡ Sean Yeaton Composer, Engineer, ProducerReview
BY MICHELLE GESLANI ON JUNE 19, 2017, 7:30PM
≡ Mark Kozelek has already released two albums this year, his collaborative album with Jesu, 30 Seconds to the Decline of Planet Earth, and the solo Sun Kil Moon record Common As Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood. The singer~songwriter intends on staying prolific in 2017, as he’s got another full~length on the way later this month: Yellow Kitchen, a joint LP with Parquet Courts bassist Sean Yeaton.
≡ Out via Kozelek’s Caldo Verde Records, the effort spans six tracks and counts special guests in Will Oldham, aka Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley, Holly Throsby, and Jim White.
≡ The first song, “Time to Destination,” begins with Kozelek musing on the 2016 election during a flight to Shanghai last October. Among the lyrics: “Yeah, here we are 11 days to the election / And Hillary’s now associated with a child predator’s erection/ And Trump wants to build a wall to keep out Mexicans” and “This is a very hard election, isn’t it? These two candidates are both walking, talking, power~hungry, steaming piles of white grits.”
≡ “No Christmas Like This” continues in a very similar vein with silly lyrics about eating too much chocolate, colonoscopies and various inanities. And it doesn’t improve much from here, not even the human ring tone sounds of “I’m Still In Love with You”, the banal encounter in a pharmacy detailed in “Somebody’s Favourite Song”, or the dog yelping imitation over dull electronica in the 12 minute “Daffodils” can rescue this album.
≡ “The Reasons I Love You” it’s a sparse but sweet number about — you guessed it — all the reasons why he loves his girlfriend, Caroline. “Your face lights my day like the sun,” he sings in the opening verses. ≡ https://consequenceofsound.net/ © Mark at Golden Gate Park on October 5, 2014 in San Francisco, California.
BY NO MORE WORKHORSE ON JUNE 30, 2017 •
Album Review by Killian Laher
≡ This month’s album release from Mark Kozelek sees the awkward artist team up with Sean Yeaton, bass player with Parquet Courts. As with Kozelek’s most recent releases, Kozelek sticks to lyrics, once again done in a diary entry/stream of consciousness style, with Yeaton providing the music.
≡ Any hope of a listenable release is dispelled within the first 30 seconds of opener Time To Destination. Some vaguely electronic atonal music introduces Kozelek droning on about the US presidential election, how he doesn’t write songs like he used to in 1992, and generally lamenting the music business. No Christmas Like This continues in a very similar vein with silly lyrics about eating too much chocolate, colonoscopies and various inanities. And it doesn’t improve much from here, not even the human ring tone sounds of I’m Still In Love With You, the banal encounter in a pharmacy detailed in Somebody’s Favourite Song, or the dog yelping imitation over dull electronica in the 12 minute Daffodils can rescue this album. The one saving grace is the sweet, melodic The Reasons I Love You , which even Kozelek’s lyrics and croaky singing can’t entirely ruin. And its a digestible three and a half minutes long.
≡ Mercifully there are only six songs here, and no lyric sheet. The album ends up sounding like one long drawn out song, and not a good one. This is mostly pretty terrible stuff, hard to see what, if anything, Parquet Courts fans will make of this. As for Kozelek? He’s surely losing fans with sub~par release after sub~par release. Or just having a laugh at them as he disappears up his own hole. It’s just sad that somebody who wrote some of the most sensitive, evocative songs of his generation is pissing about doing this. ≡ https://nomoreworkhorse.com/
|Mark Kozelek & Sean Yeaton||Yellow Kitchen|