Sun Kil Moon – “I Love Portugal”

You’re never going to believe this, but Mark Kozelek seems to be in a positive mood for once. Kozelek, the perpetually dour singer-songwriter behind Sun Kil Moon, has already announced plans to release a massive double album called Common As Light And Love Are Red Valleys Of Blood early next year, and the first song he shared was a stream-of-consciousness salute to his homestate called “God Bless Ohio.” And now, in another new song, he pays tribute to another place that he doesn’t hate. “I Love Portugal” is a warm, sunny ramble and one of the most peaceful songs that Kozelek has released in a while, even if it does go off on a jag about all of this summer’s police violence. Indeed, it draws distinct lines between Kozelek’s Portugal idyll and the shitty state of things elsewhere in the world at this moment and another one about a promoter canceling a show. Listen to it here.

Common As Light And Love Are Red Valleys Of Blood is out 2/28/2017 on Caldo Verde. Here’s the tracklist:

DISC 1
01 “God Bless Ohio”
02 “Chili Lemon Peanuts”
03 “Philadelphia Cop”
04 “The Highway Song”
05 “Lone Star”
06 “Window Sash Weights”
07 “Sarah Lawrence College Song”
08 “Butch Lullaby”

DISC 2
01 “Stranger Than Paradise”
02 “Early June Blues”
03 “Bergen To Trondheim”
04 “I Love Portugal”
05 “Bastille Day”
06 “Vague Rock Song”
07 “Seventies TV Show Theme Song”
08 “I Love You Forever And Beyond Eternity”