Perils from the Sea: A Unique Collaboration between Mark Kozelek and Jimmy LaValle
Perils from the Sea is a collaborative studio album by American singer-songwriter Mark Kozelek and multi-instrumentalist Jimmy LaValle, released on April 30, 2013 on Caldo Verde Records. The album features 11 tracks of downtempo folktronica and slowcore, with Kozelek's lyrics and vocals over LaValle's music.
The album was born out of a casual request from Kozelek to LaValle, of The Album Leaf, to collaborate on a song, resulting in the album's opening track, \"What Happened to My Brother\". The two continued to work together over the next year, sending files back and forth via email, until they had a finished album. Kozelek said that he was drawn to LaValle's \"minimalist approach\" and that he enjoyed working with him because he was \"easygoing and open-minded\". LaValle said that he was honored to work with Kozelek, whom he admired as a songwriter and storyteller.
The album received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised the contrast and harmony between Kozelek's intimate and detailed stories and LaValle's atmospheric and melodic soundscapes. Pitchfork called it \"a surprisingly natural fit\" and \"a rewarding listen\". Allmusic described it as \"an absorbing marriage that few could have foreseen\". The album also spawned a live version, recorded during their European tour in 2014.
Some of the highlights of the album include \"1936\", a heartbreaking tale of the sensitive singer-songwriter as a young punk; \"Gustavo\", a humorous anecdote about an errant Mexican contractor working on Kozelek's home in the country; \"You Missed My Heart\", a dark and violent story inspired by a dream; and \"Somehow the Wonder of Life Prevails\", a poignant reflection on life and death.
Perils from the Sea is a rare example of a successful collaboration between two artists with distinct styles and visions, who managed to create something new and original without compromising their identities. It is a testament to their mutual respect and admiration, as well as their creative versatility and curiosity.
In 2014, Kozelek and LaValle embarked on a European tour to support the album, playing in venues such as churches, theaters, and festivals. The tour was documented on a live album, Live at Biko, released later that year. The live album features 10 songs from Perils from the Sea, as well as two covers: \"Natural Light\" by Casiotone for the Painfully Alone and \"Send in the Clowns\" by Stephen Sondheim. The live versions showcase the chemistry and spontaneity between Kozelek and LaValle, as well as the audience's enthusiastic response to their performance.
Perils from the Sea is not only a remarkable collaboration between two talented artists, but also a testament to the power of music to transcend genres and boundaries. Kozelek and LaValle have created a unique and captivating album that explores the joys and sorrows of life with honesty, humor, and grace. ec8f644aee