Mount Eerie
Clear Moon


4.0
excellent

Review

by myhigherpie USER (13 Reviews)
May 30th, 2012 | 70 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "What is the sky?"

Phil Elvrum's music has always existed in it's own, intransigent world: a world of innocence and self-awareness, where impartial observations of natural events and the feelings and emotions that follow are somehow abstractly recorded and communicated through sound. It's this constant sense of aimless searching and wondrous discovery that is at the very soul of Elvrum's work. On Clear Moon, his fifth LP under the “Mount Eerie” moniker, clouds drift and trees sway with the same aimlessness of existence that Elvrum so obsessively captures. It's not about answers, so much as the questions, and the beauty underlying each innocent, wandering thought gone unanswered, that underlie every dissonant loop and whispered secret.

Musically, Clear Moon finds Elvrum at his most harmonious and hypnotic. Peace and harmony are at the heart of this record, and even when it dives into the murky depths of its most dissonant moments, there is a constant sense of doubtless tranquility. The record starts in a familiar light: “Through the Trees Pt.2” is a gentle acoustic strummer, rustic and warm, patiently filling itself out, taking shape, molding itself against the soft haze of intimate percussion and Elvrum's distinctively distant, whispered vocal style. Most of the rest of the album finds its niche in hazy loops and distant melodies. “House Shape” might raise some comparisons to Radiohead's Idioteque with it's last two minutes: a hypnotic vocal loop that's surprisingly catchy. “Lone Bell” is a post-punk trance that's carried by it's steady bass line and frantic, yet distant and quiet percussion, which lies like bedding under the shifting and turning synth and brass embellishing dark and beautiful melodies overhead. “Yawning Sky” is the simplest, but probably the most effective example: “Asking questions, while night grows,” Elvrum sings over a soft bed of hypnotic synth and soft, leading drums. A single guitar chord signifies a chord change, and the song moves slowly towards nothing. It's an aimless gem, a single, beautiful scene without purpose. A lone observation picked out among a sea of thoughts. Clear Moon is built on these thoughts.

Elvrum's music is like a collection of thoughts; unrelated, impartial observations of a scene drifting hazily through the mind of someone too innocent and self-aware to attach any sort of concrete importance to it. It doesn't need a concrete purpose though. Clear Moon is the open sky stretching marvelously outward beyond the reaches of our understanding, and Elvrum understands that the best questions are left unanswered, the mystery untainted, the beauty distant and compelling.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
DeafMetal
May 30th 2012


8588 Comments


nice review

Ire
May 30th 2012


41822 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

p h i l

sifFlammable
May 30th 2012


2741 Comments


e l v r u m

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
May 30th 2012


22034 Comments


so is this dark

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731
May 30th 2012


662 Comments


shutup

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
May 30th 2012


22034 Comments


fuck off

DBlitz
May 30th 2012


1690 Comments


amazin album

kount
May 30th 2012


1279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so is this dark

its nature

fuckthatnoise
May 30th 2012


1479 Comments


twee as fvck

DoubtGin
May 30th 2012


6752 Comments


the next one is gonna be even better


Tyrael
May 30th 2012


20946 Comments


how is that even possible

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DeafMetal
May 30th 2012


8588 Comments


u jkin?

kount
May 30th 2012


1279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dont you know anything, newer albums are always better than the previous albums and this one will soon be doomed to be a previous album

Ire
May 30th 2012


41822 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol

edit: yeerie

Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 30th 2012


10621 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Was gonna review this but now I don't think I care lol

H61
May 30th 2012


271 Comments


lol


lol

Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 30th 2012


10621 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I like how middle of the road this is: part fucked like Wind's Poem part regular Phil a la Lost Wisdom/Dawn/Microphones

sifFlammable
May 30th 2012


2741 Comments


i probably almost like every user that posted on this review

sifFlammable
May 30th 2012


2741 Comments


i love you guys

kount
May 30th 2012


1279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no you dont



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