In 2002, ex-member of indie rock “Red House Painters”, Kozelek, becomes Sun Kil Moon, named after a Korean boxer Sung-Kil Moon. Fascinated with this sport, Kozelek writes several songs which pay respect to deceased players such as Salvador Sanchez and Pancho Villa.
Benji is the act’s sixth release and is not much different from its previous, “Among the Leaves. A slow guitar melody is at times transformed into a symphony. Kozelek’s gentle, uncanny voice is rarely accompanied by back vocals, yet when it does, creates an organic representation of folk music.
Kozelek is signing about reality : from the necessity of his mother’s love for him, to the memories of his dog, encounters, and a girl he once knew and perhaps loved. It is the continuation of his biography, extending since the very beginning of his solo project.