Mount Eerie
Clear Moon


4.5
superb

Review

by Sobhi Youssef EMERITUS
June 19th, 2012 | 290 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Misunderstood and disillusioned, I go on describing this place and the way it feels to live and die

After consistently pushing the boundaries of folk music for the past decade, it's hard to understand why Phil Elverum's music has been critically ignored in the most criminal sense. With the Microphones he released not one, but two of the genre's defining records in The Glow Pt. 2 and Mount Eerie. That very namesake of the latter has propagated its own offshoot in Elverum's own project, following and expanding upon the sonic environment put in place by his group. And again, some of the most affecting and genre-bending releases ensued with No Flashlight, Lost Wisdom, and the atmospheric black-metal tinged Wind's Poem.

Clear Moon doesn't reinvent Elverum's wheel by any stretch of the imagination - instead it hones his songcraft by using the elements that made his previous records so successful. Equal parts moody atmospherics and emotive strumming per "Through the Trees Pt. 2" evoke varied feelings of the apocalypse - be it literal dark imagery or the soundtrack to a drug (or otherwise) induced ego-death. As a whole, Clear Moon isn't as massive as Wind's Poem, but it manages to straddle a fine line between distorted noise/ general heaviness and folky delicacy. Elverum's voice is as gentle and emotive as it has always been, while continuing to expound his almost trademarked at this point observational allegory (Misunderstood and disillusioned, I go on describing this place and the way it feels to live and die - again, "Through the Trees Pt. 2"). Vocals from Allyson Foster and Genevieve Castree are a perfect complement on "The Place I live" and "Over Dark Water", respectively.

The impressive thing about Clear Moon though is how truly organically rooted it is. The recording is still lo-fi, but not such that there is a lapse in quality. Elverum's recording techniques really enhance the compositions - strummed chords dance between channels, feedback rumbles like clouds across a skyline a-la "Yawning Sky", and dissonance-come-distortion drives in waves of sound. At the end of the forty minutes or so of Clear Moon it's hard not to achieve a sort of base level spiritual awareness about your life. If anything, there is at least the literal realization that Elverum's latest is surely another significant entry to a defining discography; it's hard to ask for anything more.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
klap
Staff Reviewer
June 19th 2012


10499 Comments


pos. also really nice to see you reviewing regularly again with those cute short ones

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Gyromania
June 19th 2012


15941 Comments


fantastic work man. i think it's about time I check this out. this will be my first mount eerie experience, but i love phil elverum so i'm sure i'll dig this.

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DECCA
June 19th 2012


8 Comments


SO GOOD.

trix4dix
June 19th 2012


343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

favorite album of the year next to new Zelienople and Broken Water

rasputin
June 19th 2012


14550 Comments


fantastic review, fantastic album

prob in my top 3 of the year so far

Havey
June 19th 2012


9708 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

about damn time this got a staff review, album needs all the attention it can get. Phil never disappoints.

WeepingBanana
June 19th 2012


10189 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ugh what'd i tell you?

but yeah this shit is great

Spare
June 19th 2012


5313 Comments


wait there's new zelienople?

cryMore
June 19th 2012


469 Comments


I didn't like Glow Pt. 2, will I like this

kingsoby1
Emeritus
June 19th 2012


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Maybe. This is more atmospheric. Have u heard any other mount eerie?

kingsoby1
Emeritus
June 19th 2012


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Also, thanks guys good to be back. Loving elverum lately

MyWife
June 19th 2012


367 Comments


deleting my comments wont fix u talking bullshit u butthurt retard

how were no flashlight and lost wisdom genre-bending again?

cryMore
June 19th 2012


469 Comments


Haven't listened to any Mount Eerie

MyWife
June 19th 2012


367 Comments


avoid this Phil sold out

kingsoby1
Emeritus
June 19th 2012


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Mywife why don't you say something constructive instead of incendiary statements? Obviously you don't want to discuss. Let me ask you, how were they not genre bending?

robin
Emeritus
June 19th 2012


4249 Comments


really sweet read sobhi, yay. i still find it impossible to get into anything this guy has done, including glow pt. 2

MyWife
June 19th 2012


367 Comments


how is standard lo-fi folk genre-bending i mean ur staff so ur obv dum as all fuck but still

Tyrael
June 19th 2012


20901 Comments


Yep

this guy can do nothing wrong

kingsoby1
Emeritus
June 19th 2012


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I suppose you are right, mt eerie is Just Like every other lofi, noisy, atmospheric folk record.

MyWife
June 19th 2012


367 Comments


its standard lo-fi with a typical elverumian (fukyea) atmosphere there's nothing experimental or genre-bending about it


whats ur opinion on dawn that one was pretty crazy too huh



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