Mount Eerie
Lost Wisdom


4.0
excellent

Review

by SnackaryBinx USER (31 Reviews)
October 13th, 2008 | 28 replies | 4,176 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mellow out on that long night during your lonely drive through scenery.

"They're kind of the reason why I got into playing music."

That's what Phil Elverum thinks of indie/noise pop band Eric's Trip. They're his favorite band, and on this LP, he is now singing alongside lead singer and guitarist of Eric's Trip, Julie Doiron and Fred Squire, respectively. The decision to record this album was spontaneous if anything else. Doiron and Squire, having a few days off of a door, made a surprise visit to Elverum. Elverum was a little afraid to ask if they would like to record an album, but the three decided for it and recorded it quickly in a couple of days. It shows, with only two of the songs being over 3 minutes long.

The results of it were fantastic. The production is the usual lo-fi production you would expect from Phil Elverum. The vocals are rough around the edges, and the guitar seems to be recorded back a little bit from the actual recorder, but it all adds to the album. Doiron and Elverum voices harmonize throughout the whole recording, and they compliment each other very well. There is mostly only a standard affair of instruments on this, with an acoustic guitar, electric guitar and bass being the primary instruments. There is a xylophone on "Flaming Home," but other than that, nothing much else. Also, drumming is sparsely used altogether on this album.

But, as I said, Doiron and Elverum voices tie together very well with other. Doiron's highs along with Elverum's lows correspond on a level of true beauty and emotiom. Their melancholic style of singing is the true emotion of this, with the guitar only adding to that sound. Even though they sound mostly melancholic throughout, Doiron's voice gives a sense of uplifting hope because of the way her voice just sounds altogether. The instrumentation on this album seems to take a backseat to the vocals and altogether is nothing to note, other than it is only used to rather add to the mood. The guitar played throughout the whole album is only simple strumming and it adds to the very mellow feel of the album altogether.

And that's what this album is, mellow. Perfect for those long, lazy nights, or that drive through the woods where all you have to confront you is scenery. That is where the rough production and and voices work best, not seeing to make your drive depressing, but rather to give a new feeling to the woods altogether, to make you feel more connected, as if you were just a stones throw away from your log cabin in the secluded wildlife. This album will accompany you through your midnight drive.

oh sleepy heart
what do you say?
should we keep thumping?




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Comments:Add a Comment 
SnackaryBinx
October 13th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yay. It's short, but I think I got the album across well.

P13
October 13th 2008


1327 Comments


Nice and concise.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
October 13th 2008


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love the artwork for this album, but the tracks are also pretty good. I'm going to listen to it again today before I rate itThis Message Edited On 10.13.08

SnackaryBinx
October 13th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm going to listen to it again today before I listen to it


that sentence confuses the hell out of me.

bastard
October 13th 2008


3435 Comments


I'm going to listen to it again today before I listen to it


Were you even thinking when you wrote that?

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
October 13th 2008


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol listen to it = rate it

SnackaryBinx
October 13th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol, now that makes a lot more sense.

any comments on the review guys?This Message Edited On 10.13.08

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
October 13th 2008


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i thought their previous release was pretty lame

poweroftheweez
October 13th 2008


1290 Comments


Maybe it's just me, but the way you described some of the instrumentation doesn't make it seem too interesting. Maybe elaborate a tad more on it?
Other than that, I like the review.

SnackaryBinx
October 13th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

there isn't much to say. there's a guy in the background strumming on a guitar, and in some songs there is an acoustic guitar strumming with it.

poweroftheweez
October 13th 2008


1290 Comments


Ok I guess I should probably listen to it.

Eakflanderyof
October 13th 2008


2143 Comments


LOST WISDOM THATS A BURZUM RIP

rasputin
October 13th 2008


14544 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This looks good.

LOST WISDOM THATS A BURZUM RIP

major roffles

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
October 13th 2008


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fix:
very, very, very well
there is AN xylophone
"But, as I said, Doiron and Elverum voices complement each other very well. "
"and they compliment each other very, very, very well."
you spelled compliment two different ways among being repetitive
read the review over again out loudThis Message Edited On 10.13.08

Eakflanderyof
October 13th 2008


2143 Comments


All jokes aside, I like the album art for this.

plane
Staff Reviewer
October 13th 2008


6094 Comments


yeah gonna review this

SnackaryBinx
October 13th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

meh, I fixed the two middle paragraphs, but lewis here will probably just write a better review altogether and make mine look like shit.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
October 13th 2008


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it's my background (the vinyl cover)
http://pwelverumandsun.com/images/ELV019LPcover.jpg

SnackaryBinx
October 13th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well, it's now my background.
and thanks for the help with the review.

Eakflanderyof
October 13th 2008


2143 Comments


That's a pretty badass background. I might have to change mine from Fenriz and Nocturno in the forest, haha.



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