In light of
phones' Mount Eerie (Phil Elverum oversees both projects).
Microphones, Mount Eerie, K Records [7/10]
K Records may have released Mount Eerie, but that
doesn’t mean it’s pop, punk, funk, or folk like many of their
releases—or even some combination thereof. It isn't rock
either, at least not in the traditional sense of the word.
Instead, this concept recording from busy Olympia musician/
producer Phil Elverum (Dub Narcotic Sound System, C.O.C.O.) harkens back to late-1960s/early-1970s Europe in the form of England's jazzy Soft Machine and Germany's forward-thinking Krautrock coterie (Can, Faust, Neu!). Some of the pieces even sound like Pink Floyd at their most experimental, but Mount Eerie doesn't quite qualify as psychedelia or prog-rock either.
It is, ultimately, its own strange beast with (literally) spacey
song titles like "Solar System," "Universe," and 17-minute epic
"The Sun." Mount Eerie is the first in a trilogy to be followed
by Singing from Mt. Eerie and Drums from Mt. Eerie.
Endnote: Click here for Black Wooden Ceiling Opening review (to be released on 5/27). Image from P.W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd.