Summer is finally here! And with that, the schedule of album releases slows a bit, letting everyone digest the musical offerings of spring. Although the year is still somewhat young, there have been some incredible releases already. Acoustically speaking, it has already been a year rife with innovation.
You have to be in a certain mindset to digest singer/songwriter Mark Kozelek’s sixth album as Sun Kil Moon, Benji. Benji is a record that deals with topics like unexpected death, and how its ripple is felt across the framework of people who may have barely known the person in question. It is also a record that anticipates death, and exposes in full detail the bare framework of family and friendship.