Jesu/Sun Kil Moon

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Jesu / Sun Kil Moon
Jesu SunKilMoon.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 21, 2016
RecordedWales and the United States
LabelCaldo Verde, Rough Trade
ProducerJustin Broadrick and Mark Kozelek
Sun Kil Moon chronology
Universal Themes
Jesu / Sun Kil Moon
Common as Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood
Mark Kozelek chronology
Dreams of Childhood
Jesu/Sun Kil Moon
Mark Kozelek Sings Favorites
Jesu chronology
Everyday I Get Closer to the Light from Which I Came
Jesu / Sun Kil Moon
30 Seconds to the Decline of Planet Earth
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[3]
Consequence of SoundB−[4]
Drowned in Sound7/10[5]
The Skinny4/5 stars[7]
Slant Magazine2.5/5 stars[8]

Jesu / Sun Kil Moon is a collaborative studio album by American indie folk act Sun Kil Moon and British experimental act Jesu, released on January 21, 2016 on Caldo Verde Records and Rough Trade.[10][11][12] The album also features guest musicians Will Oldham (a.k.a. Bonnie "Prince" Billy), members of Low, Rachel Goswell of Slowdive, and Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse. Jesu and Sun Kil Moon including drummer Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth played six shows in February and March 2016 to support the album.[13]


The collaborative album was first hinted at in an interview with Mark Kozelek in the January 2015 issue of Uncut magazine,[14] and officially announced on April 27, 2015, by Jesu frontman Justin Broadrick via Twitter. In the tweet Broadrick said, "A lot of questions about a new Jesu record, I've been working on it for some time, it's a collaboration LP between Sun Kil Moon and Jesu."

The album grew out of a long-standing relationship between Broadrick and Sun Kil Moon frontman Mark Kozelek. Kozelek first approached Broadrick in 2007 about a release through his label, after being impressed by a live performance in San Francisco. In 2009 Jesu released Opiate Sun through Caldo Verde Records (a record label owned by Kozelek), and later the same year Broadrick interviewed Kozelek for the Caldo Verde website. In 2013, Kozelek covered Broadrick's band Godflesh's song "Like Rats". Broadrick and Godflesh are mentioned in "The Possum", the opening track from Sun Kil Moon's 2015 album Universal Themes.

On October 5, 2015, the track "America's Most Wanted Mark Kozelek and John Dillinger" was made available for streaming; on October 21 the track "Exodus" was available for streaming, pre-orders of the album's CDs were enabled, and Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse was added to the album's guesting musicians. On January 15, 2016, a week before the album's official January 22 release date, the project was available to stream in full on Sun Kil Moon's website.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Mark Kozelek and Justin Broadrick, except where noted[15].

1."Good Morning My Love" 7:04
2."Carondelet" 8:36
3."A Song of Shadows" 6:19
4."Last Night I Rocked the Room Like Elvis and Had Them Laughing Like Richard Pryor"Kozelek, Broadrick, Victor Rinaldi8:03
5."Fragile" (contains lyric extractions from "Onward" originally performed by Yes)Kozelek, Chris Squire5:57
6."Father's Day" 6:12
7."Sally" 6:27
8."America's Most Wanted Mark Kozelek and John Dillinger"Kozelek, Broadrick, Tania from Sheffield7:15
9."Exodus"Kozelek, Chris Connolly9:45
10."Beautiful You" 14:01


  • Mark Kozelek - vocals, nylon string guitar on "Fragile"
  • Justin Broadrick - all instruments (on all tracks except "Fragile" and "Exodus")
  • Chris Connolly - keyboards on "Exodus"
  • Will Oldham - guest vocals on "Fragile"
  • Rachel Goswell - guest vocals on "Father's Day", "Exodus", and "Beautiful You"
  • Alan Sparhawk - guest vocals on "Exodus"
  • Mimi Parker - guest vocals on "Exodus"
  • Isaac Brock - guest vocals on "Beautiful You"
  • Produced by Justin Broadrick and Mark Kozelek
  • Recorded by Justin Broadrick, Will Chason, and Nathan Winter
  • Additional recording by Steve Clarke and Jeremy Sherrer
  • Mixed by Will Chason and Nathan Winter
  • Cover photo of Mark Kozelek and Macha Kouznetsova by Steve Shelley
  • Back cover photo by Mark Kozelek
  • Inside photo of Broadrick and Kozelek by Mike Stevens
  • Sleeve design by Brian Azer at Et Cetera


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  2. ^ "Reviews for Jesu / Sun Kil Moon by Jesu". Metacritic. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  3. ^ Simpson, Paul. "Jesu/Sun Kil Moon – Jesu / Sun Kil Moon". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  4. ^ Schaults, Janine (21 January 2016). "Sun Kil Moon and Jesu – Sun Kil Moon/Jesu". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  5. ^ Hanratty, Dave (25 February 2016). "Album Review: Jesu / Sun Kil Moon – Jesu / Sun Kil Moon". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  6. ^ Stosuy, Brandon (19 February 2016). "Jesu / Sun Kil Moon: Jesu / Sun Kil Moon". Pitchfork. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  7. ^ Bermingham, Finbarr (26 January 2016). "Jesu / Sun Kil Moon – Jesu / Sun Kil Moon". The Skinny. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  8. ^ Winograd, Jeremy (9 February 2016). "Jesu/Sun Kil Moon: Jesu/Sun Kil Moon". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  9. ^ Anderson, Jason (April 2016). "Jesu/Sun Kil Moon: Jesu/Sun Kil Moon". Uncut (227): 74.
  10. ^ "Sun Kil Moon and Jesu Share "America's Most Wanted Mark Kozelek and John Dillinger"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Sun Kil Moon & Jesu – "America's Most Wanted Mark Kozelek And John Dillinger"". Stereogum. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Jesu / Sun Kil Moon". Retrieved 2016-02-04.
  13. ^ "Caldo Verde Records". Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  14. ^ "Untitled Document". Retrieved 11 February 2016.
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