Here´s the new Mount Eerie LP, called “Clear Moon”. After the last full length Wind´s Poem, which was influenced by doom and drone sounds, this new record can be described with the word “epic” – and reminds more of the norwegian inspired “Dawn” LP, think as well of the Julie Doiron collaboration “Lost Wisdom” (here O Paon sings) – but with less singer / songwriter structure.
There are still some “winds poem” hardcore drums sounds (“over dark water”) or heavy guitars (“the place lives”) but rarely more than just for some seconds. Keyboards are dominating this record, but there are in “lone bell” as well in the end of the song some saxophone sounds – as far as I can hear – which might me even think of The Microphones in a kind of slow, grown – up version. Same goes for microphones rhythm in the song “House Shape”.
But over all, Phil´s voice is meandering more then ever, singing slowly between the verses. The melodies are fragile, dark, almost esoteric, in the song “over dark water” spherical, reminding of church harmonies.
I Think, together with the alike tracks on the 7″ “Mouth of sky” (out via atelier ciseaux), these are some fine new Mount Eerie tracks and I´m looking forward to the second part “Ocean Roar”, out in September.
Needless to remind the amazing artwork and the mini textbook.
Listen yourelf and buy it at p.w elverum store or still at the bis aufs messser berlin store – see link on the right side bar.
“In this first of two new albums planned for release in 2012, Mount Eerie presents a monumental work of depth and maturity. These are songs about a quiet life in and around a small northwest town, usually buried in fog, and the unexpected moments of clarity that briefly flash through. Clear Moon is the resonant lone bell symbol, the glint in the water, the sudden breath.
After all the world-touring that followed the release of Wind’s Poem, Phil Elverum has spent 2 years establishing a new recording studio, “the Unknown”, in an old de-sanctified church in Anacortes, Washington. These 2 new albums, Clear Moon and Ocean Roar (due in September), are the first Mount Eerie recordings to be released from the new old space. You can hear the giant wooden cathedral room in these songs. Vast echo, resonating gongs, impenetrable walls of thickness, and always a voice cutting through the fog, moon-like.
The sound is not lo-fi as it is sometimes called. It’s also not hi-fi. These are just crazy recordings, bigger and deeper than any real- life fjord. It’s 100% analog, and it is a sound that can only come from 15 months of studio solitude, crushing tape, riding waves of fake strings, finding new angles on “intensity”. The music of Popol Vuh was inspirational, as well as explorers from black metal such as Menace Ruine, Nadja, and others. Contemporaries in theme can be found in the heavy sacred regionalism of Olympia’s Wolves In The Throne Room. Ultimately, this is music on its own island, unlike anything else; a break in the clouds and a view of a hidden new landscape.”