Mount Eerie
Black Wooden Ceiling Opening


4.0
excellent

Review

by SnackaryBinx USER (31 Reviews)
September 6th, 2008 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Microphones, plugged in. The Microphones, heavier.

"Mount Eerie is a new project. The Microphones was completed, or at least at a good stopping point. I did it because I am ready for new things. I am new."

Mount Eerie is:
Phil Elvrum
Jason Anderson
Kjetil Jenssen

The above quote is in an interview with Discorder, where Phil Elvrum describes his change from his name The Microphones, to his new name, Mount Eerie (named after the mountain in Washington, Mount Erie). Although he released two new songs under his old name in 2007, they had a sound similar to Mount Eerie. Elvrum has done some truly different things under Mount Eerie, such as his release, Mount Eerie pts 6 & 7, a 132-page hardcover coffee-table book that included his photography, and it included a 10" record. One of the songs on there (Blue Light on the Floor) appears on this EP.

The first thing you'll notice with this album is the production value. The production value is not high at all, but that value only adds to the atmosphere of this. As you listen, fuzz will berate your ears, the screech and feedback of the guitars will make you wince a little, and parts of the songs will randomly drop in and out. Even with instruments randomly dropping in and out, it only adds to this EP.

Unlike The Microphones, an acoustic guitar is not to be found on the entire EP. The main sound of the music is a cross of The Microphones with metal. While that sounds completely ridiculous, it works well. In the first song, Appetite, it starts off as Phil strumming his guitar with no distortion and singing, but, one minute into the song, the guitar screeches with feedback as the distortion kicks to the line "Will you be coming home for dinner. It then proceeds to go into a simple chord progression with guitar slides and a solo, but in a very hard rock/metal fashion, but not losing the indie influence.

It works, it works. "Domesticated Dog" is at its heart, a blues song (a very good one at that.) Clocking in at 2 minutes, 10 seconds, it's the shortest song on the EP. Even though the main theme of this EP is the creation of a heavier version of The Microphones, it still has a softer song in the middle. "In Moonlight" is the softest song on the EP, a song that seems to be about finding ones self.

Walking down the road in the middle of the night
Singing this song to myself:
“I will find you, I will find you, I will find you, I will find you”

The wind goes through my clothing
Saying:
“I will find you, I will find you, I will find you, I will find you”

Not even knowing what I’m looking for by walking in the dark
My life is just saying one thing
“I will find you, I will find you, I will find you, I will find you”

Even though In Moonlight is one of the softer songs, the middle is compromised of a chord progression with a lead guitar being played through it until the end. And the end will take away it's recognition as one of the softer songs. With a drum fill near the end, the song kicks into a blues rock/metal jam until the end, and it is the (in my opinion) the best moment on this EP.

"Don't Smoke" has a straightforward meaning to it (just take a swing at the message). Even if Phil's idea of the reasons people smoke is because "a part of you wants to be dead" or because "being rebellious to adult's never ended to you", "It's no excuse to start smoking."

This is probably one of the (oops, here it comes) most under-rated EPs of this year, I didn't know of its existence until I started searching about The Microphones. The EP, at it's heart, is heavily influenced by blues. It's a combination of indie and metal, with a heavy blues undertone. Something like this could've easily went in the wrong direction quickly, but Phil Elvrum knew what to do, and has produced a fine release here. Don't let the low production get to you, it's actually a high point.

Recommended Tracks
In Moonlight
Appetite
Stop Singing



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SnackaryBinx
September 6th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Comments and such?

marksellsuswallets
September 6th 2008


4848 Comments


Neat review, this sounds highly intriguing...

SnackaryBinx
September 6th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yea, I was quite surprised how this sounded

plane
Staff Reviewer
September 6th 2008


6099 Comments


Yeah this is great.

Ampersand
September 6th 2008


111 Comments


Going to check this band out with Why? next week and am very excited.

SnackaryBinx
September 6th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I feel as if my reviews always go uncommented, that makes me a sad panda

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
September 6th 2008


20858 Comments


Don't be a sad panda John. Sometimes it is difficult to comment on reviews when the album has not been heard. And to be honest with you, looking at your last 7 reviews, I have not heard any of those albums.
But I know that you are looking on feedback specific to the actual review, so here goes:
I liked the information at the beginning of the review. The summary may have been a little too over the top though.
It was important to mention the low production levels as that does indeed put a lot of people off. I like the way you have described the sound of the music, as it doesn't sound too easy to describe at all.
You've thrown in some lyrics, mentioned some tracks and summed it up all well in the conclusion. Good stuff & worth a positive vote as far as I'm concerned. Well done.

SnackaryBinx
September 6th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

why thank you sir. I wish more people would comment like you.

and yea, I like to review albums that don't have any reviews. Apparently that happens to be every obscure fucking band to even Sputnik.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 6th 2008


17228 Comments


I didnt realize that this was already out. thank you for making my day.

SnackaryBinx
September 6th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no problem at all sir. and this came out in like may. it slipped under my radar too, I just figured out this existed two nights ago.

timothyzha
September 7th 2008


23 Comments


"Going to check this band out with Why? next week and am very excited."

Why? and Mt. Eerie playing a show together? that sounds so good...

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
October 13th 2008


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

epic

Doppelganger
October 13th 2008


3124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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rasputin
November 2nd 2008


14555 Comments


This is so good.

charlesfishowitz
November 2nd 2008


1794 Comments


ch ch checkin

rasputin
November 6th 2008


14555 Comments


I've ordered Lost Wisdom already, and I really want to order this, but the only place I can find this is for 21 US including shipping (roughly 31 AU). Can't decide if it's worth it.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
November 6th 2008


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I bought the The Glow, Pt. 2 for 16$ and it was worth it, but there were quadruple the tracks. Idk if you like it that much, then go for it.

rasputin
November 6th 2008


14555 Comments


Yeah I got The Glow Pt. 2 as well, but that was different because that's worth it in terms of playing time. General consensus of people I've asked has been no on account of it being a fucking expensive EP, but i do really like it.

rasputin
November 6th 2008


14555 Comments


That's 31 Australian dollars though, it's 21 American.

rasputin
November 6th 2008


14555 Comments


yeah I know, it's not worth it, but I just really want this. I've concluded that I'll wait a while, hopefully a cheaper alternative will crop up. And what were you thinking with Hormoaning.



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