For many years, Sun Kil Moon mastermind Mark Kozelek has been friends with Justin Broadrick, a kindred-spirit musical depressive. Broadrick founded the insanely important extreme-metal institutions Napalm Death and Godflesh, and these days he mostly records as Jesu, the alias he’s given to his sad, searching atmospheric not-really-metal project. Earlier this year, Kozelek and Broadrick got together to release the collaborative album Jesu / Sun Kil Moon, and they’re playing some shows together in Europe and North America later this year. Even as Kozelek is planning to release his own Sun Kil Moon album Common As Light And Love Are Red Valleys Of Blood early next year, he’s already announced the forthcoming Jesu/Sun Kil Moon follow-up 30 Seconds To The Decline Of Planet Earth, which is coming out later next year.
The first song that Kozelek shared from that album was called “He’s Bad,” and it grabbed a lot of headlines because it involved Kozelek singing about how he really, really hates Michael Jackson and how he’s glad Michael Jackson is dead. There is nothing so contentious on “Needles Disney World,” the new song he’s just shared. Instead, the song is one of Kozelek’s long, ruminative stream-of-consciousness pieces. In this one, he goes into a reverie remembering time spent with a recovering addict at Disney World. Musically, it’s sad and heavy and very pretty. Listen to it here.
30 Seconds To The Decline Of Planet Earth is out 6/1 on Kozelek’s Caldo Verde Records.