10 Songs, 1 Hour

EDITORS’ NOTES

This is Mark Kozelek and Sun Kil Moon’s nylon-string guitar album. Taking its inspiration from the mood of classical albums from Segovia, Liona Boyd and Julian Bream, Admiral Fell Promises explores Kozelek’s years of touring with songs that touch on the places he has repeatedly visited. Like all Kozelek material — as Red House Painters, solo, or Sun Kil Moon — the songs explore the emotions behind the settings. Kozelek isn’t a tour guide but a poet putting his personal experiences and impressions to music. Songs such as “Alesund,” a Norwegian seaport town, “Sam Wong Hotel,” a hotel in San Francisco, “Third and Seneca,” a hotel in Seattle, and “Australian Winter” bring a change of scenery to Kozelek’s majestic melodies and private ruminations. These songs are not epics, but quiet odes to an era when travel was not so dominated by technology, when one’s private thoughts were given the space necessary to flourish. It’s an album that deserves no copyright date, as it sounds as special and unusual today as it will several decades from now.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This is Mark Kozelek and Sun Kil Moon’s nylon-string guitar album. Taking its inspiration from the mood of classical albums from Segovia, Liona Boyd and Julian Bream, Admiral Fell Promises explores Kozelek’s years of touring with songs that touch on the places he has repeatedly visited. Like all Kozelek material — as Red House Painters, solo, or Sun Kil Moon — the songs explore the emotions behind the settings. Kozelek isn’t a tour guide but a poet putting his personal experiences and impressions to music. Songs such as “Alesund,” a Norwegian seaport town, “Sam Wong Hotel,” a hotel in San Francisco, “Third and Seneca,” a hotel in Seattle, and “Australian Winter” bring a change of scenery to Kozelek’s majestic melodies and private ruminations. These songs are not epics, but quiet odes to an era when travel was not so dominated by technology, when one’s private thoughts were given the space necessary to flourish. It’s an album that deserves no copyright date, as it sounds as special and unusual today as it will several decades from now.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

Trojannate ,

A league above the rest

Mark Kozelek is certainly the most underappreciated songwriter of modern times. Since the days of Red House Painters, he has consistently offered a rich tapestry of musical landscapes and poetic genius. He is always changing, yet always a comfortable voice to return to in the most introspective moments. This album is a must-buy for those who are in love with music.

TacklingDummy ,

I have a feeling this album will only continue to grow on me

I was a little disappointed at 10am this morning. By 4pm I was charmed. This evening I'm getting the spirit of this album. Thanks Mark.

mdtwo ,

Lovely. Intricate. Boring.

MK strips down his songs to the bare elements and plays these songs just voice tracks and finger-style guitar. He's obviously an amazing song crafter and guitar player and these talents are captured in the delicately beautiful songs on this album. Despite this, it's maddening to listen to these songs as the guitar melodies take center stage, pushing his voice out of the way and slowing down everything by a few bpm. I was screaming at my ipod, trying to get him to 'Just strum the song, already!'

I consider myself a huge fan, but this is a departure I just can't get behind.

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