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Mount Eerie announces new LP, Clear Moon, due this May, first of two new albums to be released this year

By February 23, 2012No Comments

In this first of two new albums planned for release in 2012, Mount Eerie presents a monumental work of depth and maturity. These are songs about a quiet life in and around a small northwest town, usually buried in fog, and the unexpected moments of clarity that briefly flash through. Clear Moon is the resonant lone bell symbol, the glint in the water, the sudden breath.

For over thirteen years Phil Elverum has been releasing beguiling records from and about the Pacific Northwest, first as the Microphones and since 2004 as Mount Eerie. The thread has sometimes been challenging to follow, meandering into weird EPs and live experiments, but there have always been punctuations of cohesive sound and idea, made giant; The Glow pt. 2 (2001), Mount Eerie (2003), Lost Wisdom (2008), Wind’s Poem (2009), and now Clear Moon (to be followed later this year by its companion album, Ocean Roar).

After all the world-touring that followed the release of Wind’s Poem, Phil Elverum has spent 2 years establishing a new recording studio, “the Unknown”, in an old de-sanctified church in Anacortes, Washington. These 2 new albums, Clear Moon and Ocean Roar, are the first Mount Eerie recordings to be released from the new old space. You can hear the giant wooden cathedral room in these songs. Vast echo, resonating gongs, impenetrable walls of thickness, and always a voice cutting through the fog, moon-like.

The sound is not lo-fi as it is sometimes called. It’s also not hi-fi. These are just crazy recordings, bigger and deeper than any real-life fjord. It’s 100% analog, and it is a sound that can only come from 15 months of studio solitude, crushing tape, riding waves of fake strings, finding new angles on “intensity”. The music of Popol Vuh was inspirational, as well as explorers from black metal such as Menace Ruine, Nadja, and others. Contemporaries in theme can be found in the heavy sacred regionalism of Olympia’s Wolves In The Throne Room. Ultimately, this is music on its own island, unlike anything else; a break in the clouds and a view of a hidden new landscape.

Tour Dates

EUROPEAN TOUR (all shows with EARTH and Ô PAON)

03/03 Bristol, England- Arnofini Gallery
03/05 Dublin, Ireland- Button Factory
03/07 Manchester, England- Ruby Lounge
03/08 Edinburgh, Scotland- The Caves
03/09 Leeds, England- Brudenell Social Club
03/10 Minehead, England- Butlins Holiday Centre, ATP curated by Jeff Mangum
03/11 London, England- Union Chapel
03/12 Brighton, England- The Haunt
03/13 Haarlem, Netherlands- Patronaat
03/14 Leuven, Belgium- Het Depot
03/15 Paris, France- La Maroquinerie
03/16 Bordeaux, France- Iboat
03/17 Bilbao, Spain- Askena
03/18 Madrid, Spain- El Sol
03/19 Barcelona, Spain- Musichall
03/21 Lyon, France- Epicerie Moderne
03/22 Torino, Italy- Spazio 211
03/23 Firenze, Italy- The Box
03/24 Parma, Italy- Auditorium Del Carmine
03/25 Lausanne, Switzerland- Le Romandie
03/26 Wiesbaden, Germany- Schlachthof
03/28 Vienna, Austria- Arena
03/29 Leipzig, Germany- UT Connewitz
03/30 Prague, Czech Republic- Dobeska Theatre
03/31 Berlin, Germany- Festsaal Kreuzberg
04/02 Copenhagen, Denmark- Loppen
04/03 Gothenburg, Sweden- Truckstop Alaska
04/04 Oslo, Norway- Inferno Festival
04/05 Stockholm, Sweden- Strand
04/06 Helsinki, Finland- Nosturi

Mount Eerie
Clear Moon
(P.W. Elverum and Sun)
Street Date: May 22, 2012
Formats: Digital, LP
Theme: place/magic

1. Through The Trees pt. 2
2. the Place Lives
3. the Place I Live
4. (something)
5. Lone Bell
6. House Shape
7. Over Dark Water
8. (something)
9. Clear Moon
10. Yawning Sky
11. (synthesizer)

Links: Official Site