Not to make this about me, but the music of Phil Elverum is deep in my heart. I have so many memories of listening to old Microphones and Mount Eerie vinyls with my friends, trying to get my own music to sound like his, failing every time to reach the emotional depth and perfect starkness/richness of those brilliant songs. And when Geneviève Castrée, Elverum’s wife, died last year, I felt like it affected me on some level, even if it was just me feeling for him. That may seem narcissistic, but it is true. So I have followed his recent events with great interest, including his recent show at The Business in Anacortes, Washington, to which he urged fans “Please don’t come.” And I didn’t go.
But despite what must be unimaginable grief and despair, Elverum is bouncing back, taking to his great art like most great artists do in difficult times. In addition to working on a new Mount Eerie album, Elverum has contributed a track to ACLU benefit compilation Is There Another Language?. The album also features tracks by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Surfer Blood, No Men, and more. The limited-edition cassette of the album is already sold out, but you should purchase and stream the album from Gezellig Records here.
To further entice you, check out Mount Eerie’s new track, “Crow,” which is embedded below.