With all this talk of Sun Kil Moon’s forthcoming album, April, set to release in a little over two months, we spent part of last weekend re-ingesting a few albums from Mark Kozelek’s existing catalog, including one of our favorites, 2001’s What’s Next To The Moon.
Billed as a Kozelek solo album, and released several years prior to Sun Kil Moon’s collection of Modest Mouse covers, Tiny Cities, What’s Next To The Moon is an album comprised entirely of (Bon Scott era) AC/DC reinterpretations stripping each song to its bare, acoustic essence. The LP was a continuation of Kozelek’s EP fom a year earlier, Rock ‘N’ Roll Singer, itself mostly a covers project reinterpreting the likes of AC/DC and John Denver. It was with these two projects that Kozelek’s talent for arrangement and interpretation came into its own. Transfiguring each tune like an alchemist – molding, sculpting…and in the process owning the results. Ironically, what sounded like a fuzzy idea on paper (acoustic AC/DC?) turned out to be anything but. Highly recommended.
Previously: Red House Painters :: Songs For A Blue Guitar