Mount Eerie Clear Moon
3.9 Release Date: 2012
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0.0 RiffOClock | May 3rd 12

You don't owe these people anymore. You've given them everything.


Phil: Not everything. Not yet.


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0.0 mariothehedgehog | May 1st 12

is this progmaster being a faggot

o wait yea it is

yeerie


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0.0 rasputin | May 7th 12

Phil Elvrum brought into realisation the lofty ambitions of his Mount Eerie project several years ago with the release of the Wind's Poem record, which is arguably his finest work to date. Prior to its release, Mount Eerie was essentially an extension of the Microphones - releases such as Lost Wisdom and Black Wooden Ceiling Opening were undeniably excellent, but they lacked a singular compositional approach that was distinct from Elvrum's work with the Microphones. While Wind's Poem proclaimed loudly 'THIS is Mount Eerie', it is now with Clear Moon that Elvrum firmly cements into his fans' minds exactly what Mount Eerie is all about.

The evolution of style that Mount Eerie has seen over the past 4 years has been remarkably smooth, and Clear Moon fits perfectly at the end of the projects current discography. Elements of folk are entangled within the music, but at its core this record embodies the best of synth, drone and avant-garde, all with that fragile and delicate Elvrum touch. Listening to the record is like entering a dream world, thus it seems Elvrum has completely succeeded in what he set out to do. Apparently this is the first part of a two part Mount Eerie love explosion in 2012 and apparently Clear Moon is also the 'less experimental' of the two. Artists like Elvrum are a rare occurence these days.

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0.0 Spare | May 1st 12

when are retarded sarcastic soundoffs on new releases gonna stop being a thing

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0.0 Lewis P. STAFF | May 10th 12

Mountains and websites indeed. An unfussy assimilation of Phil Elverum's folk and black metal roots that finally feels as heavy as Mount Eerie has ever wrought without bottoming out on forced "loud" tracks. Lyrics are still an interplay of fears in the face of digital alienation and reconciling one's self with nature, but here the intent is not obscured. Elverum once said he didn't care for fan interpretations. Someone else once noted a watchmaker revealing his gears.

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


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0.0 DeafMetal | May 1st 12

dark smoke fills the air -- some from the fire in my house, some from me driving around. i could see the lights of town through the trees on the ridge on my way home in the dark

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4.0 excellentbetter ask trix | June 14th 12

is thunderneutral21 gay or is he fucking gay

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4.0 excellentEli EMERITUS | May 11th 12

I wish that I had a more clever or interesting sound-off, but really, all that needs said is that Clear Moon is another wonderful release by one of modern musics finest assets. Mount Eerie has come into its own, and its glorious.

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3.5 greatThunderNeutral21 | May 1st 12

is this burzumphones pt 2 or is this actually good

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0.0 Gypsy Swag Emeritus | April 30th 12

INSTA 4.5 AOTY M///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

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4.5 superbgoatskin | October 15th 12

The brainchild of Mount Eerie, Phil Elverum, is one of the most important, influential figures in modern music that almost no one knows about. Under his band's previous moniker, The Microphones, he released The Glow Pt. 2 in 2001, one of the hallmark indie releases of the entire decade. The Glow Pt. 2 was an almost frighteningly creative piece of music, highly experimental in conception and massively successful upon completion. To this day, not much sounds like it, although it had a huge hand in inspiring the experimental, lo-fi folk movement that this decade has seen in abundance. I really can't begin to describe how important that record is. And Elverum hasn't faltered since, released LP after LP of intensely interesting music, refusing to be pigeonholed into any specific genre or movement. Over the past while, folk-inspired black metal has become the new 'thing', with bands like Wolves In The Throneroom mixing the extreme aesthetics of the genre with woolier, melodic folky arrangements. But much of the Mount Eerie project is about flipping this, cultivating 'folk music' (I use this term incredibly loosely here) that draws inspiration from black metal. Don't expect to hear any blood-curdling screams on this album, however: Elverum is more interested in the tonal experiments of black metal, and how they can further a certain mood or emotion. Long, drawn out squalls of feedback play out over lightly strummed acoustics, and haunting, droning organ chords provide a contrast to fairly mid-tempo drumming. Musically, this album is all over the place, but never manages to sound unfocused; in fact, this collection of tracks are arguably the most focused collection of Elverum's entire career. Guitar distortion rumbles heavily in the background of The Place Lives. Throbbing keyboards mark the feverish House Shape and the jazzy saxophone hook in Lone Bell result in an all out jam by the end of the song. A blastbeat even makes an appearance in Over Dark Water. Yet through it all, Elverum's calm, almost tender voice holds everything together, the Clear Moon that our eyes and ears cling on to through all the darkness. Even now as I type, it seems futile to describe the truly original experience that is this album. And I haven't even mentioned that this is only the first of two albums Mount Eerie has released this year, Ocean Roar being the darker counterpart to Clear Moon's light. There's so much more that I could attempt to say about this album, but it really is something that has to be heard to be understood. Beautiful. Terrifying.

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4.5 superbDr. Luke Sarazine | September 3rd 12

This album kicks my ass upon every listen, so close to giving this a 5.

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0.0 AGuyIsWatchingYou | July 6th 12

Just another black metal influenced lo-fi folk album from Phil Elverum. The day this man stops making music like this will be the day, well I don't quite know what will happen that day.

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4.0 excellentAeon | June 22nd 12

What's that Phil?

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4.5 superbpatrickfannon | May 6th 12

Phil hits an elegant, beautiful stride on Clear Moon. The album is graceful and sleek, yet still wonderfully fuzzy and hazed out. After going into the wilderness at night on Black Wooden Ceiling Opening and Wind's Poem, the sun seems to be peeking over the horizon, as Dawn approaches. This record feels like a long, lonesome, wintry summer dusk in Alaska; all delirious and flowing, at once pristine as spring water and velvety as rich, humid air. Absolutely gorgeous from start to finish, and surely one of the most unique, enjoyable releases of the year.

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4.0 excellentTy | May 1st 12

I am typing this so that I can reach the 50 character minimum

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4.5 superbYoung Buck | April 30th 12

First Justin, then Sufjan, and now Phil... Auto-Tune is the new favorite toy for today's folk crew

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