What if the sound of wind through trees could be translated into human words? What is it saying?
For WIND’S POEM by Mount Eerie, Phil Elverum spent almost two years out behind the house, at the edge of the woods, listening into the night and finding these words. Songs of impermanence, dark change, destruction, temporary blossoming, mortality, and an immense river of air tearing through the world make up the 3rd official album by Mount Eerie.
A hundred kinds of distortion, oceans of synth, and clouds of bass are the elements these twelve songs are built from, with moments of clarity occasionally revealing soft harmonies (featuring Nick Krgovich from Vancouver’s NO KIDS) reverently attempting to describe a dark mystery. The album holds a large debt to the music and world of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, as well as to some of the more innovative artists on the edges of ambient, colossal Black Metal. Like these influences, WIND’S POEM also drifts back and forth between a “dream world”, where the wind screams about fleeting existence, and reality, standing on the street, wide awake, looking at the hills outside town, remembering.
The album is well built, resting on the stone-solid production of Mount Eerie’s only actual member, Phil Elverum, recorded at various locations around his hometown of Anacortes, Washington. In large walls of warm noise you can hear the wind, or is it flames?, or cymbals?, voice-like through the fog. And then all at once the clouds part and a song hangs in the air, soft and clear.
WIND’S POEM comes on double clear vinyl in an old-style gatefold jacket with bronze foil stamping and a pull out lyric poster, or on CD or digital. Mount Eerie will be touring in a full band version all over the US in support of this album in the fall of 2009, featuring (among other things) 2 drummers, some gongs, and a wall of amps. Songs of impermanence sung huge, distorted, and warm.
10/13 – Anacortes, WA – Department of Safety ! #
10/14 – Seattle, WA – Vera Project ! #
10/15 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom ! #
10/17 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall !
10/18 – Reno, NV – Laxalt Theater #
10/19 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court #
10/20 – Denver, CO – Rhinoceropolis #
10/22 – Lexington, KY – Red Mile Round Barn @ #
10/23 – Charlottesville, VA – UVA Chapel @ #
10/24 – Philadelphia, PA – Haverford College @ #
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA – 1st Unitarian Church @ #
10/26 – Hamden, CT – The Space @ #
10/27 – Palmer, MA – Candlepin Bowling Alley @ #
10/28 – Boston, MA – Mass Arts @ #
10/29 – Hamilton, NY – Colgate U @ #
10/30 – Philadelphia, PA – Swathmore College (Olde Club) @ #
10/31 – Brooklyn, NY – Market Hotel (Halloween Show presented by Todd P and Show No Mercy) @ # $
11/01 – New York, NY – Wordless Music at Le Poisson Rouge @ #
11/03 – Pittsburgh, PA – Garfield Art Works @ #
11/04 – Cincinnati, OH – Art Damage Lodge @ #
11/06 – Bloomington, IN – Banneker Community Center @ #
11/07 – Chicago, IL – TBA @ #
11/08 – Madison, WI – TBA @ #
11/09 – Iowa City, IA – Public Space One @ #
11/10 – Minneapolis, MN – TBA
11/13 – Pullman, WA – The Bell Tower
$ = w/ Liturgy and Malkuth
# = w/ NO KIDS
% = w/ Karl Blau
@ = w/ Tara Jane O’Neil
! = w/ WHY?
(P.W. Elverum and Sun)
formats: 2xLP, CD, digital
Street Date: Aug 18, 2009
01 Wind’s Dark Poem
02 Through the Trees
03 My Heart Is Not at Peace
04 The Hidden Stone
05 Wind Speaks
07 The Mouth of Sky
08 Between Two Mysteries
09 Ancient Questions
11 Lost Wisdom Pt. 2
12 Stone’s Ode
MOUNT EERIE LINKS:
Artist page – http://www.pwelverumandsun.com