New Sun Kil Moon – “Moorestown”

From the man who reminded us New Jersey isn’t exactly the whole world comes “Moorestown,” another melancholic Garden State tune. Fittingly, it seems to take place all across America, but the Jersey kid on staff confirms Moorestown’s the home of his favorite childhood mall, and imagines Mark Kozelek’s drawing on some of that commerce for his tale of distance, comings, and goings (but mostly goings). Sure, Red House Painters are now Sun Kil Moon; Kozelek’s voice is so immediately evocative of anything he’s ever sung, though, that the second this song’s over, you want to rifle through the collection and listen to all the stories he’s told, regardless of what he’s calling his project. Don’t believe it? Listen (click and scroll). “Moorestown” comes from Sun Kil Moon’s new one April, fittingly due April 1 on Kozelek’s Caldo Verde label. Bonus: April — not the cruelest month this year after all — includes two Will Oldham guest spots.

Mark Kozelek