New Albums This Week: Jesu / Sun Kil Moon + more
The best new releases hitting the shelves this week, featuring a meeting of minds between Justin Broadrick and Mark Kozelek, plus the debut outing from long-gestating avant-garde hip-hop project Nevermen
On Last Night I Rocked the Room Like Elvis and Had Them Laughing Like Richard Pryor, Mark Kozelek recounts the day June 13 2015, blow for blow, including trying to call his sister on her birthday (she eventually picks up) and reading a review online (“Pitchfork gave me a ‘6’”). He continues to read fanmail from Singapore slamming the British press reaction to a notorious London show last year. With this, we may have reached peak Kozelek. It sounds sublime, the lyrics are wonderful, and he just can’t help but needle his critics.
Devotees of former indie magicians The Delgados will find much to love in Emma Pollock's third solo album since her revered band amicably split in 2005. The album's name refers to the first house bought by Pollock's parents after they married, and the pervading theme is a woman trying to make sense of the world she came from, a rural idyll of half remembered childhood memory, now returned to at a time of deep reflection on life, love and family.
With a complementary range and at times uncanny similarity between them, Patton, Adebimpe and Doseone's voices often intertwine and harmonise in ecstatic union, from Tough Towns’ roaring crescendo and the rapid fire gang chorus that underpins At Your Service to Mr Mistake’s choral calm. A refined supertrio for the ages..
Suicide Songs sees the Mancunian trio perfect what they started to build on their debut. The murky allure of the Northwest is still a prominent aesthetic, yet second time round they have the confidence to shed more light on what was previously kept quietly in the shadows.