A double album just wasn’t enough for Mark Kozelek this year, he simply has too much on his mind to keep it all in, and so here we have album number two from Sun Kil Moon in 2017, bringing Jesu along for another melancholy ride.
30 Seconds to the Decline of Planet Earth is another series of stories about love, life, death and Pokemon Go. Jesu adds some soft ambience to the stories this time round, offering a soothing backdrop as Kozelek discusses child molesters and Michael Jackson, the film Spotlight clearly stirring something up within.
By this point you’ll most likely know if you’re on board with Sun Kil Moon or not, as very little has changed since Benji brought forth the conversational tone to Kozelek’s work. Tracks reach the 17 minute mark, thoughts fly into wild tangents, sometimes coming full circle, sometimes. And of course there is another track with a fan letter reading. But that’s all right, that’s just the way it goes. If the style is too much, if the tracks are too long, there is a band called Green Day you can listen to, or so he goes.
Besides sticking to the musical diary format allows for some truly special moments. ‘Bomb’s acts as a 13 minute tour journey, whilst ‘Twenty Something’ provides a punch as backing vocals wish all the best for a young artist with his paperback novel, giving advice through experience.
There is magic in the words, so keep on talking, you’re my favourite musical podcast.