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2015 19 Feb

This Is My First Day and I’m Indian and I Work at a Gas Station

von: Michael Engelbrecht Filed under: Blog | TB | 2 Comments

This is the title of the song that will end the forthcoming album Universal Themes by Sun Kil Moon. The title of the album may raise eyebrows – hopefully it’s laconic humour, self-irony, but the title of the last song sounds ultimately promising, and I cannot believe it is n o t an exceptional song. The problem is we’ll have to wait months to hear it. June. Even the six or seven Manafonistas at the Northern Sea won’t yet have it in their ears. But some readers may even not have heared Sun Kill Moon’s probably greatest album, Benji, from 2014, it’s about, well, universal themes, in this case, death, death, death, and love, love, love. Just listen to „Ben’s My Friend“. Mark Kozelek delivers his songs in a kind of stream-of-consciousness-mode. Interesting: when this song-writer started with the Red House Painters, I didn’t like the grey voice. Something has changed, and I really like to listen to every of his words and sentences. Why? The voice has turned from grey to blue, swinging deep blue.

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  1. Michael Engelbrecht:

    Universal Themes:

    01 The Possum
    02 Birds of Flims
    03 With a Sort of Grace I Walked to the Bathroom to Cry
    04 Garden of Lavender
    05 Cry Me a River Williamsburg Sleeve Tattoo Blues
    06 Ali/Spinks 2
    07 Little Rascals
    08 This Is My First Day and I’m Indian and I Work at a Gas Station

  2. Ian M:

    MK reverbed his voice a lot on all the RHP stuff – also when you compare it w/ SKM his ‚old‘ singing register was much higher.

    I still listen to April quite a lot, also Songs For a Blue Guitar. Ben’s My Friend is great.

    Have seen SKM live 3 times, Kozelek solo once, and RHP zero times. Great performer.

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