Mark Kozelek Announces Spoken Word Album, Collaboration With Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell

The typical redemption arc for an embattled entertainer calls for said entertainer to apologize for their misbehavior and do some kind gestures to get back on the good foot. I wouldn’t expect an apology from Mark Kozelek for all his disreputable exploits of late — most recently sexually harassing a female British music journalist — especially considering the Sun Kil Moon frontman seems to believe he’s the one suffering unrighteous persecution. Similarly, I doubt Kozelek is doing something nice as a way to make up for acting like an asshole. But he’s doing something nice nonetheless.

Specifically, Kozelek and Argentine actor/musician Nicolás Pauls are releasing a spoken-word album for charity. A post on Sun Kil Moon’s site explains the concept:

Dreams Of Childhood is a collection of 11 poems written by street kids in Argentina, translated by Argentine actor/musician Nicolás Pauls, Federico Novik, Pablo Cubarle and Catalina Morano. Performed in English by Mark Kozelek and in Spanish by Nicolás Pauls. Executive producer Nicolás Pauls. All proceeds will go to La Casa de la Cultura de la Calle (The Streets House of Culture) which is a nonprofit civil organization that seeks the social inclusion of kids with no homes by giving them art, music, theatre and photography classes.

The Poems:
Castle
My Love Will Protect You
Dreams Of Childhood
Go To Your Bed
If I Wrote About You I’d Write A Book
Anticipation
I Dreamed Of My Sister
Close To Me
Go To bed
My Sweet Heart
Beautiful Letter Dreams

Pretty cool concept! And as we’ve heard on Sun Kil Moon’s recent string of records, Kozelek’s voice is ideally suited for this sort of thing, sure to add gravitas and wit to the proceedings. It seems likely to be a flash of the tender Kozelek that popped up so often on Benji. Dreams Of Childhood is out 10/27 on Caldo Verde.

In other Kozelek news, in a new Consequence Of Sound feature he mentions an upcoming collaboration with Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell, with whom he once shared an illicit kiss according to the Sun Kil Moon song “Garden Of Lavender.” As Koz explains it, “Today I wrote and sang my part of a duet with Rachel Goswell for an album she’s recording with Justin Lockey of The Editors. I’ve sent it off to her and it should be complete soon.”