Last summer, Sun Kil Moon and Jesu announced that they would be teaming up for a collaborative album. In the fall, they shared two singles, “America’s Most Wanted Mark Kozelek And John Dillinger” and “Exodus,” the latter of which featured Low and Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell. And now, they’re streaming the whole album in full, a week in advance of its official digital release. (The album’s vinyl release is still TBA.) The record also features guest contributions from Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock and Will Oldham.
The stream is accompanied by an interview with Rainn Wilson, who Kozelek met up with on the actor’s recent book tour. The interview must have been done recently, because Wilson asks about David Bowie’s death, and Kozelek offered up this response on his influence:
The night before he died, I asked my girlfriend if she had seen “The Falcon and the Snowman” and she said she didn’t think so. I said “You know, with Sean Penn and that David Bowie song?” She said she hadn’t seen it, so we watched it that night. The next day I was in the studio all day, came home, turned on CNN and saw that he died, and there was also something about Sean Penn interviewing El Chapo. What a coincidence that we just watched the movie the night before.
Let me tell you something. My first flight ever, was a trip to see my grandmother during the summer between second and third grade. Back then, you could listen to one song or another on the plane, and I listened to “Young Americans’ about a hundred times on the way to Los Angeles from Ohio. When we got back to Ohio, I begged my mom to buy me that record. It was my first album and it was 4.99. The song ‘Win’ is one of my favorite songs, ever. Guys like Jimmy Page made you want to play guitar, and guys like David Bowie made you want to sing. He got a shout- out on ‘Benji’ and his passing has already made it into some lyrics that I wrote earlier today.
You can listen to the stream here.