because I'm stupidly excited to be seeing Phil in Edinburgh on Thursday.
TWO new Mount Eerie records this year!
Now I wasn't all that into Lost Wisdom myself, Doiron has a good voice but the whole thing was a little flat...whereas Wind's Poem gradally blew me away (like a slow, forceful wind).
I really love Lost Wisdom. I'm still to properly get into Wind's Poem.
Saying that, I just listened to Lost Wisdom Pt. II and it really is fucking great.
I'm still to properly embrace metal fully...but Wind's Poem is indebted to it, a good entry point for a novice like me.
and have listened to a bit of Sunn O))) and related projects, so I'm certain when I finally go back and give Wind's Poem another proper chance I'll love it.
The Glow Pt2. 6am, just as the sun came up. lying in a bunk on a train crossing a flooded part of Colorado/Nebraska. with a hangover.
won't be at Edinburgh now but I'm heading to ATP and excited to see him play again :')
for that record.
I have The Glow Pt 2 forever associated with the walk from my flat to the top of Arthur's Seat and back down, because I can hit play as I leave the door and have Samurai Sword finish as I get back in. Awesome.
that is amazing :')))))))
but desperate to get more of Elverum's stuff -- I heard he's reissuing some of the old Microphones stuff as well as the two new Mt. Eerie's so that'll be very helpful.
Clear Moon on May 22nd and Ocean Road coming later apparently. There are also two 7inches coming this year. SO EXCITED.
it was hot...
the glow pt 2
live in japan
http://open.spotify.com/track/2mE9NDqKdvaaSY3MNog6gh (best one note bass line ever)
Song Islands, Mount Eerie, Eleven Old Songs of Mount Eerie, Wind's Poem...all brilliant.
*actually* really good mr forza, it's an amazing immersive experience that demands listening to with no distractions. If it lets itself down it's too ambitious but that's hardly a flaw to dismiss it? Winds Poem I can't get on with, yet to revisit, but am intrigued by two new albums. He's one self producing artist I feel would really benefit from someone else behind the desk sometimes.
Voice In Headphones always resonates for me (it's a cover isn't it?), he did a singalong to it when he played the Luminaire in, erm, '06. I'd been sacked from my job that day and was in bits anyway but that experience floored me completely.
Also, anyone else find him hard to take seriously in person due to his resemblance to Jimmy Carr?
don't really know Vespertine
That's his Iceland tour chances fucked then! I had no idea.
(I reckon Bjork is cool with it)
basically Phil saying how much he loves Bjork (and specifically Undo). I figure that's something the Icelandic market can relate to. :P
It's all about him listening to Bjork on his headphones and it making him cry.
first thing - if anyone else got involved behind the desk, they'd dilute his pure and visionary approach.
second thing - not seeing this Jimmy Carr resemlance!
glow part 2 is generally regarded as the best right?
it's not so epic, probably more accessible
No Flashlight is probably my favourite Microphones/Mount Eerie record.
id put it up there, I really like the gentle wooden rhythms and the sparseness, its really good for listening to in the middle of the night
but have never listened to Mount Eerie. Kinda tempting by going to the Edinburgh gig though
'The Dead of Night'
the backing vocals are something else.
'After You Left' by Mirah
can't find it, though, so 'Mt. St. Helens'.
trademark glorious PE boom and fuzz.
reminds me of when the Microphones still seemed strange, obtuse, consumed by chilly death to me. I remember how small and pale Elverum sounded to me because he's so unassuming on this to begin with.
and the subtle weirdness of the panned scratchy acoustics...and then that godly roar and thump and glow.
'Noah Richards' Sun' by Karl Blau (boo, can't find this either)
Phil's uncanny gift for evoking the natural world conjures a gentle woody sunrise on this gorgeous Blau song.
'Through The Trees'
medicated, sleepwalking black magic from another world.
obvious choice, maybe, but I have a special attatchment with 'It Was Hot...' and 'The Glow Pt. 2'. especially this. it'll always take me back to walking dazed and heartbroken in rain or darkness or both around the hilly, windswept woods, fields and general relative wilderness south of Huddersfield. especially this one, due to this tower...
you can see 'the lights in the radio tower' for miles in all directions.
both for the song choices (especially 'The Moon' -- one of my favourite songs of all time)
and for pictures of radio towers, i love radio towers for some reason.
To the extent of listening to loads of bootlegs and buying all the rare records. But I kinda overdosed on him really.
Still follow the new stuff but don't buy everything he puts out like I used to. Winds Poem was really good though.
He was quite good. I don't know him or his music but it was pleasant enough. A bit navel-gazing lyrically, but he makes wonderful expansive music considering he's just one man with a guitar.
I enjoyed his set. Only heard wind poems which is different to what he played last night. Not really sure about vocals/lyrics and got a bit samey, but guitar playing was awesome. He had a habit of finishing songs really abruptly too...?!!
I enjoyed the little curtsey he did every time he finished a song.
Tell me what I absolutely must listen to beforehand.
It Was Hot, So We Stayed In The Water
The Glow, Pt. 2
The Microphones - 'Mount Eerie'
Mount Eerie - 'Eleven Old Songs Of Mount Eerie'
just as essential.
he played 100% new material in Bristol last night. I mean listen anyway but...yeah.
based on what he played in camden a few months back, if you want to recognise the songs, the first three from the glow pt 2 and then the rest from winds poem
All the others above involve listening to far too much music. Listened a bit to Wind's Poem today. Liked the first track.
I'm off to see Earth + Mount Eerie at the Ruby Lounge on the 7th.
that Microphones part 2 album after reading about it on ... WAIT FOR IT.... PITCHFORK! and just to annoy people here further, I read about it in a best of the 90s list. I quite liked it but it's just been sitting around waiting for another listen for some time.
it came out in 2001.
best albums off 00's
who are going to this tour be sure to catch the first support Ô PAON, she was absolutely stunning.
its his wife, formerly woelv, I think im looking forward to that more the eerie (as ive seen him loads before and waited for her to come over ever since she cancelled supporting ariel pink a couple of years ago)
Still chipping away at the back catalogue. Just recently bought the book and 10" Mount Eerie Parts 6&7 thing from his website, haven't listened to the music part yet, but the book is beautiful. I think I love his photography as much as his music. Both have such wonderful texture and I'm all about texture. And I know it's not so highly regarded, but I've been enjoying Don't Wake Me Up a lot recently, I love the noisy chaos of it, though I think a lot of my enjoyment of it right now is because I find it peculiarly cuts through the awful headache I've had for months. really hope I'm feeling well enough by next week to go to the Union Chapel show.
What do people prefer? Roughly the same batch of songs, Dawn having the original, raw, acoustic, just-written takes, 11OS the pick of those but as "primitive electronica".
+ for Dawn: Has the wonderfully bitter and gouging "Moon Sequel"; so completely intimate that the slightest change in dynamics of the guitar makes me jolt in some oddly pleasant way; the actual real FATIGUE (mental and physical) of the vocals; the melodies of said vocals which are more expressive and less detached; accompanying reading material (actually, it's probably more the other way around, but not for the purposes of this discussion).
+ for Eleven Old Songs: though slightly criticised above, there is something to be said for the detachment in the vocals, it gives a whole different take on the songs even if at the expense of some of the wonderful melody (less open wound, more haunting scar); the 'oh, wide eyes!' choir on The Dead of Night is absolutely huge, speaking more of its impact than sound- it's like going from isolation in your own mind to hearing the voices of everyone you've ever known singing all at once; not so many suddenly ending songs as Dawn (kind of get why Dawn had that, but it's still pretty jarring); the half-joke way it sounds weirdly adds to the weight of it in some ways at times.
Dawn edges it for me, but that could be down to hearing it first as much as anything else. Both really seem to sound like my imagined images of the places they were recorded (Arctic Norway in winter and Washington state respectively).
I think dawn was recorded several years latter, he recorded 11 old songs just to get them down recorded then did them properly for dawn, some of the songs feel abit rushed though like he is sick of them (compare great ghosts to live in japan, or wooly mammoth to 7 new songs versions) but other songs sound stronger than other versions, eleven old songs has its own atmosphere going for it I think they both stand up fairly well, probably listen to dawn more
wrongly, as it seems, that the Dawn versions were the rough recordings that were made at or else very close to that Winter, because to me they really sound like that, reading the journal... the whole feel is exactly the same... to me it doesn't sound like he's sick of the songs, more he's sick of the things in the songs, hence the songs existing to get past them... or something...
...and that 11OS, well... it's a strange thing really, says on his website that it is "Half joke. Half funny", so I find it difficult to assess just how serious or not it was meant to be... it certainly does sound kinda ridiculous at times, but it feels right that it should.
I'm still lacking a lot of Elverum back catalogue, got a bit carried away with myself there, I should probably have been more informed to go off about them like I did.
its an easy mistake to make, especially packaged in with the journal book it doesnt make it clear. wonder if he regrets not recording it at the time, bon iver got alot of mileage out of being dumped and living in the woods for awhile, but elverum was much more hardcore living in the artic circle for 6 months
to reply to this, silly. Ahem.
Anyway, yeah... I looked and it only mentions the later recording of it in the references section in the end, I hadn't got that far!
Definitely more hardcore from Elverum with his post-break up cabin time, makes Bon Iver look like a whining sissy in some comparatively luxurious place not all that far from civilisation.
It's the kind of thing I really wish I could do, totally cut myself off for a period of time and be forced into self-reliance somewhere inhospitably remote... but I'm too much of a self-hating wimp to do such a thing let alone survive it.
oh, also thanks for the constructive nature of your replies, nice to be wrong on the internet and not be berated, and instead have it further discussion. Refreshing.
Really love what I've heard by the Microphones. Haven't heard any Mount Eerie.
Literally never been so bored in my entire life. Entry-level existentialist lyrics sung averagely over non-existent guitar melodies.
uh, no. he isn't aiming to plumb new philosophical depths, he's singing in his own simplistic way about his profound exploration of the existential via a close, impressionistic connection with the natural world. so much more to his words than there might seem from a cursory listen.
and his melodies meander like a small, pale human in the gaping yawn of the wilderness.
so just stifle, okay?
I'm liking it. Very excited for the album.
... he needs to be more selective about what he puts out. I reckon you'll be able to make a really good album out of all the stuff he's intending to release this year. But taken separately, it will be okay, and not much more. Edit Phil, edit!
Also, wtf to the Jimmy Carr comparison up there ^^
and was going to listen to it on the train today but forgot so... nevermind
My bloooooooOOOOOOOOOOOD flows harshly
My heaaaaarrrrrRRRRRRT beats loudly
that, plus its initial thunderstorm of guitars and drums after I Want Wind To Blow always puts the hairs up on my neck.
Think he's had a few live dates this year, what did people think? Heard good things about the full-band set up.
Just listening to Wind's Poem atm...probably my favourite Mount Eerie album, but is just seems to outlandish to call it my favourite Elverum album (could be though). It also seems like he took the two key elements of this album and distilled them to make Clear Moon and Ocean Roar separately. So that means Clear Moon is (one of) his most spiritual album(s), and Ocean Roar his most cacophonous...but overall Wind's Poem has the most to it, making ti best. Agree?
but Mt. Eerie is still his masterpiece
But Mt. eerie is such a "singluar" record that it doesn't always fit my listening mood. Granted, nothing by him is the sort of stuff you put on at a party...but there are more occasions during which I'd prefer to hear either Wind's Poem, Clear Moon or even The Glow Pt. II...It's almost as if I have to say to myself "Okay, I am going to listen to Mt. Eerie (the album)!", as if I have to prepare myself.
What would be a good listening recommendation if I really like the heavier, darker side of recent Mount Eerie records? Was careful not use the word "metal" there, partly because who really knows what genre it is and also because I've avoided a lot of metal due to the vocals...looking for something more in line with Elverum's delivery. I've heard Earth mentioned a few times, any others?