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universal themes

Rough Trade


Released: 1st Jun 2015


2lp + dl

Released: 24th Aug 2015


kozelek builds on the strength of the superb 'benji' with more funny, intelligent & carefully arranged gems using the long folk-indie-rock song template he's perfected over the years.

opener 'the possum' features a different vocal style & introduces the recurring theme of his friendship with the singer of godflesh but things settle into familiar territory with the beautiful, delicate 'birds of flims'. tracks like 'this is my first Day And I'm Indian And I Work At A Gas Station" reflect the blunt storytelling we know & love, whereas the more jagged '...i walked to the bathroom to cry' is clearly influenced by modest mouse in both vocals & guitar distortion work. if you like bonnie 'prince' billy, bill callahan or any of kozelek's previous records then 'universal themes' is another strong, consistent & insightful album. "epic, strange meditations on death, love & hard work." - 9/10 uncut

ian recommends: gloriously grumpy return from mark kozelek, lucky for us his life still sucks.

universal themes


  1. The Possum
  2. Birds Of Flims
  3. With A Sort Of Grace I Walked To The Bathroom To Cry
  4. Cry Me A River Williamsburg Sleeve Tattoo Blues
  5. Little Rascals
  6. Garden Of Lavender
  7. Ali/Spinks 2
  8. This Is My First Day And I'm Indian And I Work At A Gas Station