San Francisco musician, singer, and songwriter Mark Kozelek released a new album with his band, Sun Kil Moon, last week that we were dumb enough not to include in the weekly Best New Releases feature. Although we have not heard the LP, Admiral Fell Promises, in its entirety yet, this track, “Australian Winter” is typical Kozelek – sombre, melancholy and poetic, except there is definitely a traditional Spanish guitar aspect to this song that is simply wonderful.
Kozelek is one of the most gifted singer-songwriters of our time, somehow making his pain-soaked songs breath-takingly beautiful. Kozelek is also a founding member of the almost famous band, Red House Painters.
“Australian Winter” – Sun Kil Moon from Admiral Fell Promises – July 13th
You can also stream two other songs from the LP on Kozelek’s Caldo Verde Records website.
Dom is a synth-pop trio from Worcester (pronounced woos-tah; the R’s are silent), Massachusetts released their debut EP, Sun Bronzed Gods, in May. The EP includes the summeresque melodic track, complete with a catchy chorus, “Living in America”.
“Living in America” – Dom from Sun Bronzed Gods – May 1st
One terrific CD we didn’t get around to previously, but that we think you might want to check out, is the debut from Pearly Gate Music, an awesome new indie band on Barsuk Records. We heart their debut LP and the lead single, “Big Escape”.
“Big Escape” – Pearly Gates Music from s/t debut – May 18th
Lanterns is a San Diego punk rock jam band who along with Tape Deck Mountain, Wavves and Avi Buffalo are representing SD to the indie rock world. The band recently toured with Surfer Blood and Best Coast.
“Pharaoh Beach” – Lanterns, single released – April 6th
“Rosa” – Grimes from Geidi Primes – May 5th