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Clear Moon was reviewed at No Ripcord.
Mount Eerie shares first ever music video for "The Place Lives" from Clear Moon, announces Fall tour dates
VIDEO: "The Place Lives" (dir. by Phil Elverum) - http://youtu.be/khrAhOrSZQc
STREAM: "Pale Lights" (excerpt) - http://soundcloud.com/forcefieldpr/mount-eerie-pale-lights/
Under the Mount Eerie moniker, Phil Elverum has released a ton of music but has never produced an official music video, until today -- he shares the self-made, self-produced video via Pitchfork TV for "The Place Lives," from the May 2012 album Clear Moon. Mount Eerie is preparing to release its second album of 2012, Ocean Roar this September, with a new batch of tour dates in support of its release (see below for full dates).
More about Ocean Roar:
Mount Eerie is having a big 2012. The month of May saw the release of the critically celebrated Clear Moon which sold out the first pressing almost immediately. June through October are full of shows all over the North American continent (more details on that soon). Constant new singles and reissues fill the summer. It's perfectly timed that the dark counterpart to Clear Moon is being released on September 4th.
Ocean Roar is part two in a pair of new Mount Eerie albums this year. It acts as a counterpoint to the soft synth walls and landscape pondering of Clear Moon, presenting the opposite of that album's clear glints of awareness: a total wall of blue-grey oceanic fog, a half remembered dream of a trip through dense old growth hills to the gnarly winter ocean, in the middle of the night, decades ago. This album is the audio equivalent of the blanket of thick dark water vapor that covers the Pacific Northwest for most of the year, revealing only brief glimpses of illumination.
For over 13 years Phil Elverum has been releasing beguiling records, 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 and Ocean Roar.
After all the world-touring that followed the release of Wind's Poem, Phil Elverum 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. The giant wooden room is audible.
Ocean Roar is perhaps more experimental than the average album. Calling these things "songs" only loosely applies. These are closer to studies in sound, attempts to alter the way the brain experiences its surroundings after being subjected to endless chords, repeating note flurries, stretched drones. It's "psychedelic" in same way as seasickness or vertigo. Warmth and distortion, burning driftwood, 9 months of rain.
Sat. Aug. 25th- Rochester, Wash.- Helsing Junction Sleepover
Sun. Aug. 26th- Astoria, Ore.- Kala Hipfish Space
Mon. Aug. 27th- Portland, Ore.- Mississippi Studios
Sun. Sept. 2nd- Olympia, Wash.- Northern
Mon. Sept. 3rd- Missoula, MT- Zoo City
Weds. Sept. 5th- Minneapolis, MN- CO Exhibitions
Thurs. Sept. 6th- Madison, WI- University of Wisconsin, Music Hall
Fri. Sept. 7th- Oberlin, OH- Oberlin College
Sat. Sept. 8th- Albany, NY- Rest Fest, at St. Joseph's Church
Sun. Sept. 9th- Buffalo, NY- 9th Ward at Babeville
Mon. Sept. 10th- Toronto, ON- The Great Hall
Tues. Sept. 11th- Syracuse, NY- Badlands
Weds. Sept. 12th- Montreal, QC- La Sala Rossa
Thurs. Sept. 13th- Burlington, VT- Studio A at North End Studios
Sat. Sept. 15th- Brooklyn, NY- 285 Kent
Sun. Sept. 16th- Manhattan, NY- (le) Poisson Rouge *
Mon. Sept. 17th- Philadelphia, PA- First Unitarian ChurchTues. Sept. 18th- Washington, DC- Montserrat House
Weds. Sept. 19th- Durham, NC- Duke University
Thurs. Sept. 20th- Asheville, NC- Grey Eagle
Fri. Sept. 21st- Louisville, KY- Quill's Coffee
Sat. Sept. 22nd- Chicago, IL- TBA
Sun. Sept. 23rd- Ames, IA- the Orange Gentleman / Maximum Ames festival
Mon. Sept. 24th- Omaha, NE- DP Muller Studio
Tues. Sept. 25th- Lawrence, KS- Lawrence Arts Center
Weds. Sept. 26th- Norman, OK- Opolis
Thurs. Sept. 27th- Austin, TX- the Parish
Sat. Sept. 29th- Marfa, TX- TBA
Sun. Sept. 30th- Tucson, AZ- Topaz #
Mon. Oct. 1st- Phoenix, AZ- Crescent Ballroom #
Tues. Oct. 2nd- Los Angeles, CA- Public Fiction #
Weds. Oct. 3rd - Los Angeles, CA - Eagle Rock Center for the Arts #
Thurs. Oct. 4th- San Francisco, CA- Bottom of the Hill #
Fri. Oct. 5th- Oakland, CA- Lobot #
Mon. Oct. 8th- Chico, CA- Origami Lounge #
* = w/ Loren Mazzacane Connors
# = w/ Bouquet
(P.W. Elverum and Sun)
Street Date: Sept. 4, 2012
Formats: Digital, LP
1. Pale Lights
2. Ocean Roar
3. Ancient Times
6. Engel Der Luft (Popol Vuh)
7. I Walked Home Beholding
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