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Mount Eerie – “To The Ground” April 3, 2012

Posted by gwyoung in Music, Track Reviews.
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I haven’t been a huge fan of the black metal/doom drone direction that Phil Elverum’s Mount Eerie moniker has been moving toward lately, and I actually haven’t really been blown away by anything he’s written since his 2001 masterpiece as The Microphones, The Glow Pt. 2 (opener “I Want Wind To Blow” in particular). Regardless, I hesitantly gave a listen to Mount Eerie’s surprise single, “To The Ground”, when it surfaced yesterday, and needless to say I’m glad I did.

Though it does incorporate some of the droning elements found on 2009’s Wind’s Poem, the track feels like a return to Elverum’s roots in lo-fi folk, and in fact wouldn’t sound too out of place on a Microphones album. Layering tinny lo-fi beeps, clicks, and Stag Hare-like meditative tones over a hushed, beatnik cafe-style bongo beat, Elverum creates a peaceful harmony over which to shyly croon his existential poetry. The lyrics consist solely of those few lines printed on the single’s album sleeve, but the looping vocal rounds and back-up voices coalesce into a profound spiritual expression to match their meaning. Let’s hope Mount Eerie continues to follow this path with their upcoming albums, Clear Moon and Ocean’s Roar.

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