Mount Eerie
Ocean Roar


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eli EMERITUS
September 6th, 2012 | 199 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Ocean Roar" encompasses all things Mount Eerie, and stands tall as one of Phil Elverum's finest achievements.

Trying to pen one’s thoughts on any Mount Eerie endeavor is a labor that is of equal parts love and pain. You see, Phil Elverum, has been making obfuscating music under the moniker for years, with each release being vastly different from its predecessor. Whether he’s dabbling in folk or black metal, Elverum is impossible to pin down, especially into a mere collection of words. Added to that, within each album lies a carefully plotted world that only Elverum himself knows how to trek. Lyrics and melodies are deceptive; seemingly simple but confounding and deep. Despite all of this unpredictability, Mount Eerie has become a beloved staple, churning out some of the most interesting and challenging music out there. Ocean Roar, the newest release, encompasses everything that Mount Eerie is and has been, whilst throwing in a few surprises as well.

The conclusion that most people will immediately come to in regards to Ocean Roar is that it has much in common with 2009’s Wind’s Poem. While both albums feature some of Mount Eerie’s most atmospheric work to date, they are not as similar as one might think. Sure there is an oppressive feeling thanks to some overt “heaviness,” but there is no mistaking that Elverum was trying something much different this time around. Ditching the black metal influences, some of Ocean Roar feels somewhat like Mount Eerie’s version of post metal. A few songs are crushingly dense, heavy with distortion, and largely lacking vocals. This is a drastic change of pace from this spring’s Clear Moon. Where that album was a return to form of sorts, this album is another plunge into murky experimentation. As a whole, it pays off exceptionally well.

Ocean Roar, as the name might suggest, contains with in it an audible interpretation of the ocean. Elverum does a fine job mimicking the crashing of waves, with a good portion of the album displaying the power and vastness of the ocean. Yet not all of the record is dedicated to this sound. While “Waves” and “Engel Der Luft” are oppressive, the remainder of the record is quite calm. “I Walked Home Beholding” and “Ocean Roar” are two of the album’s most lulling tracks, featuring a sound more reminiscent of Clear Moon. Vocals are brought to the forefront on the aforementioned tracks, and while they both differ vastly from much of the rest of the record, they fit the overall feel very well.

Mount Eerie’s latest endeavor is yet another adventurous bout into experimentation that displays why Phil Elverum is one of music’s most astonishingly brilliant minds. Once again he fearlessly challenges himself and comes out on top, as Ocean Roar is one of his finest moments as an artist. It is both gorgeous and fearsome, and one couldn’t ask for anything more.



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Xenophanes
Emeritus
September 5th 2012


10615 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I had a hell of a time writing this and it no doubt shows. I just couldn't put my thoughts to words.

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Lenix
September 5th 2012


793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good band.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
September 6th 2012


15053 Comments


the 2nd track is so pretty that i just listen to it on loop

Graveyard
September 6th 2012


5769 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Good band."

it's one dude....

Xenophanes
Emeritus
September 6th 2012


10615 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree so hard robertsona. It's absolutely perfect.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
September 6th 2012


10615 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I still like clear moon better than this but it's been growing on me

Xenophanes
Emeritus
September 6th 2012


10615 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Clear Moon was on repeat for me for a long time this spring so it's had a lot of time to earn my love. Off the top of my head it's probably my AOTY

Xenophanes
Emeritus
September 6th 2012


10615 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No but I've seen that you've been digging it for a bit

WeepingBanana
September 6th 2012


10195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i like clear moon more

Xenophanes
Emeritus
September 6th 2012


10615 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Okay man because you say so

alachlahol
September 6th 2012


7501 Comments


probly not worth it probly some gym class heroes shit

alachlahol
September 6th 2012


7501 Comments


only heard one eerie album and it was one of his earliest. was kind of bland

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
September 6th 2012


2010 Comments


Definitely dig it.

Review read pretty well, btw.

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Rev
September 6th 2012


9438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review dude. I still need to find the perfect time to throw this on


I might wait until it cools down a bit

FelixCulpa
September 6th 2012


1240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I like this better than Clear Moon. Pale lights is so damn good. Glad to see you review this Eli.

someguest
September 6th 2012


20929 Comments


ugh now I need two albums from this guy this year

shit

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Xenophanes
Emeritus
September 6th 2012


10615 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Both are so worth it.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
September 6th 2012


10615 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's cute how much you're trying to get my attention. You're like a child : )

Xenophanes
Emeritus
September 6th 2012


10615 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well your first post insinuated a week now its a couple of days??? Cmon riff yougotta be consistent when youre taking time out of your busy schedule to put me in my place.!!!

But really I'm flattered that you always try so hard to converse with me you're such a sweet guy.

Tyrael
September 6th 2012


20929 Comments


Riff you should start writing jokes for Adam Sandler movies I bet you could match his incredible wit



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