Mount Eerie
White Stag


3.5
great

Review

by Joshua Hunt USER (21 Reviews)
November 16th, 2013 | 9 replies | 811 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mount Eerie delivers a release that will chill you to your core in record time.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

This fourth full length release “White Stag” marks the beginning of a transfer in Phil Elverum’s aesthetic sound in regards to his moniker, Mount Eerie. While clinging to the lo-fi grit and simplicity of The Microphones “The Glow Pt. 2” stylizations and bringing familiar songwriting tactics from Mount Eerie’s “Lost Wisdom”, Elverum has created an even more so somber atmosphere that captures a cold thematic sensation. Mount Eerie also begins to suggest an embodying quality that brings the impressionistic nature of the sound out and immerses the listener to an even further extent. While the music isn’t as heavily arranged as future Mount Eerie works such as “Clear Moon” or “Wind’s Poem” the ambient noise tracks placed throughout the album hint at the potential.

At times “White Stag” almost feels improvisational in nature. The unfastened personality of the album creates this effect. While it is clear that Elverum did plan out moments of the album due to revisited melodies and patterns the unrefined quality brings the humanistic elements to the forefront. The somber tone and gnarly yet mild distortive quality due to most likely overdriven recording microphones adds texture and emotion to the work. “White Stag” seems to take the seasonal theme of winter with its sober emotive journey. The impressing lyrics regarding cold human interactions and freezing temperatures imply this season’s exploration while the magic of the work comes from the realization that the stripped down simplified music alone could convey this message. This intense chill that is packed with ten brief songs is quite a treat to intake. While other Mount Eerie releases may have also been identified as cold, this album feels especially inclement. At times the natural reverberation effects almost allow you to see the cold air emit from Elverum’s vocal chords as he sings inside an abandoned snow covered building while a gentle freezing breeze drags along.

“White Stag” only clocks in at seventeen minutes and twelve seconds; its brevity works to its advantage as it is cornered in its stylization. This compressed work expresses itself in a way that is easy to grasp and handle; it manages to keep a warm welcome feeling due its haunting precision. The elusive nature of the work feels very rare in a bloodied meat sense. It is expertly refined like it has been cooked just long enough to be healthy yet not enough to progress to a common stage.



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joshuahuntkc
November 15th 2013



1579 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album. I'm not so good with summaries so my last slew of 10 or so reviews has not included one. I tried real quick with this one and it's probably silly. Just pay attention to the review XD
Hope everybody digs it!


Ohh and this is probably closer to a 4.0 than a 3.5. It also probably reads that way but in comparison to other Mount Eerie work (which I have rated higher and probably deserves to be higher rated) its a 3.5.

joshuahuntkc
November 15th 2013



1579 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I feel like I posted this at the wrong time of day.

joshuahuntkc
November 16th 2013



1579 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

:[ :[ :[ :[

Havey
November 16th 2013



9649 Comments


: )

Decay
November 16th 2013



685 Comments


Great review man, posd hard

joshuahuntkc
November 16th 2013



1579 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks!!!

joshuahuntkc
November 17th 2013



1579 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

By the way, there were only a few hundred physical cd's pressed of this album and up until band camp became a big thing there was never another way to check it out.

Here is the band camp link if you want to listen. http://pwelverumandsun.bandcamp.com/album/white-stag

tcat84
December 20th 2013



824 Comments


How can a 17 min album be considered an LP??

joshuahuntkc
December 20th 2013



1579 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

There is no definitive time amount on an LP or EP, that's all up the artist. Some EP's are pretty lengthy and some are really short. Same with LP's. Generally I think the rule of thumb is 10 or more songs and its an LP whether or not they are lengthy. 8-10 if they are lengthy. I think the cohesive feel of this allows it to represent an LP over an EP but that's just my opinion.



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