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PREVIEW: Download Mount Eerie’s “Stone’s Ode” MP3
WE GIVE IT: 16/20 Watts
When you begin listening to Mount Eerie‘s Wind’s Poem, the first thing you’ll hear is a haze of distorted guitars. After a solid minute of metal instrumental fury, Phil Elverum’s soothing voice enters. It’s a stark contrast to his earlier folk recordings. Throughout the rest of the album, the same metal guitars and distortion make sure their presence isn’t forgotten.
The seemingly ever-present distortion is, comparably, a soft wind. The whole album has a very natural feel to it, thanks mostly to the beautiful fusing of distorted guitars and synths. Combining this with lyrics like, “the mountains and the sky speak through me” in “Summons,” only adds to the album’s stressing of the importance of nature.
Lo-fi elements still remain from his earlier recordings. Wind’s Poem definitely feels dark and chaotic. However, despite the overwhelming amount of sounds, Wind’s Poem is a very cohesive album. Even with allusions to metal, and frequent use of distortion, the latter half of the album is mostly folk-based. It’s definitely Elverum’s loudest album, something he aspired to create here.
Overall, Wind’s Poem is very eclectic. Elverum went in a decidedly heavier direction without abandoning his folk beginnings. There are some familiar melodies — “Recycled My Heart is Not at Peace” re-uses some parts from “The Glow, Pt. 2.” The collection, as a whole, feels like a re-imagining of older, more recognizable songs of his. However, it doesn’t detract from the album. Rather, it shows the evolution and new direction of his music.
— Ryan McManus