Mark Kozelek had a crazy year.
With his band, Sun Kil Moon, he released the critically drooled-over “Benji,” an album full of intimate tracks. He sort of picked a fight with another critically adored rock band, War on Drugs, with an inappropriately titled song. He released a quiet Christmas album, and he toured nearly all year.
We talked to Kozelek before his solo show in Lincoln on Monday.
Q. How do you feel about “Benji” now that it’s been out and you’ve been performing the songs awhile?
A. I feel good about it, but am just beginning to feel that old hat feeling that comes with touring a record for a while.
Luckily, I’m working on a new album now and hopefully that could be out by fall.
Q. It was a really personal album. Do you feel it’s an outlet to write about those subjects?
A. I don’t see it as anything other than what the record needed to be at the time. I respond to what’s happening around me. Steve Shelley was telling me the other night, “This next one needs to be really good,” and my hope is that it will be.
But it’s going to be what it’s going to be. Different things are happening in my life now, so there is no doubt that it will be a very different album.
Q. You wrote about a lot of deaths. Was that something that was weighing on you?
A. I don’t know if weighing on me is the right way of putting it. It’s just something that I know is present and always around the corner to some extent or another. But my cousin Carissa’s death did come as a big blow to everyone in the family.
Q. After writing songs for 25 years, do you find it at all difficult to locate new subjects?
A. Not at all. I can find poetry in just about every situation in life. I can walk into a 7-11 and come out with a song.
Q. You had quite a year with a lot of praise and notoriety thrown your way, not that it’s a new phenomenon for you. What did you think of the last year?
A. 2014 was great, but I’m working on my taxes now and looking back at how much I spent is hurting. But lots of good shows with a great band that sometimes included two drummers. I really liked singing Christmas songs in November/December. We were having guest singers and guest drummers on stage, and that was great. I was singing a lot, too, without guitar, and that was freeing.
Q. What’s next? You’re a pretty prolific writer, and you mentioned writing new songs.
A. Yeah, I’m halfway through an album, I would guess. Not quite sure, but there’s some good stuff going on.