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Video for the song "Ravens" by Mount Eerie
from the album "A Crow Looked At Me"
P.W. Elverum & Sun, spring 2017
shot all over by Geneviève and Phil Elverum

Order the LP here:
http://www.pwelverumandsun.com/store

lyrics:
RAVENS

In October 2015 I was out in the yard.
I’d just finished splitting up the scrap 2x4s into kindling.
I glanced up at the half moon, pink, chill refinery cloud light.
2 big black birds flew over, their wings whooshing and low.
2 ravens
(but only 2)
Their black feathers tinted in the sunset.
I knew these birds were omens but of what I wasn’t sure.
They were flying out toward the island where we hoped to move.
You were probably inside.
You were probably aching, wanting not to die,
your body transformed.
I couldn’t bear to look so I turned my head west
like an early death.
Now I can only see you on the fridge in lifeless pictures
and in every dream I have at night
and in every room I walk into like
here where I sit the next October, still seeing your eyes,
pleading and afraid
full of love
calling out from another place
because you’re not here.
I watched you die in this room, then I gave your clothes away.
I’m sorry. I had to
and now I’ll move.
I will move with our daughter.
We will ride over water
with your ghost underneath the boat.
What was you is now burnt bones
and I cannot be at home.
I’m running. Grief flailing.

The second time I went to Haida Gwaii was just me and our daughter
only one month after you died. My face was still contorted.
Driving up and down, boots wet inside, aimless and weeping.
I needed to return to the place where we discovered that
childless, we could blanket ourselves in the moss there for our long lives
but when we came home you were pregnant
and then our life together was not long.
You had cancer and you were killed and I’m left living like this.
Crying on the logging roads with your ashes in a jar
thinking about the things I’ll tell you
when you get back from wherever it is that you’ve gone
but then I remember death is real.
And I’m still here in Masset. It’s August 12th, 2016.
You’ve been dead for one month and three days and we are sleeping in the forest.
There is sand still in the blankets from the beach where we released you from the jar.
When we wake up all the clothes that we left out are cold and damp just from the air permeating.
The ground opens up.
Surrounded by growth.
Nurse logs with layers of moss and life, young cedars, the sound of water, thick salal, an god-like huckleberries.
The ground absorbs and remakes whatever falls.
Nothing dies here
but here is where I came to grieve, to dive into it with you, with your absence
but I keep picking you berries.

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Ravens on Wikipedia
Mount Eerie
Phil Elverum (Mount Eerie).jpgPhil Elverum performing as Mount Eerie alongside Earth and Ô PAON in Leuven, Belgium in March 2012
Background information
OriginAnacortes, Washington, U.S.
GenresIndie folk, experimental, lo-fi, avant-garde, slowcore
Years active2003–present
LabelsP.W. Elverum & Sun
MembersPhil Elverum

Mount Eerie is the musical project of Anacortes, Washington-based songwriter and producer Phil Elverum. Elverum (formerly of The Microphones) is the principal member of the band, but has collaborated with many other musicians on his records and in live performances. Most of Mount Eerie's releases have been issued on Elverum's label P.W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd., and feature inventive and highly detailed packaging with his own artwork.[1]

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Personal life
  • 3 Discography
    • 3.1 Studio Albums
    • 3.2 EPs and other albums
    • 3.3 7" Singles
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

History

Following the release of The Microphones' Mount Eerie album, Elverum announced that he would no longer use the Microphones moniker, opting instead to record under the name Mount Eerie, after the area in Anacortes, WA called Mount Erie. In an interview with CITR-FM's Discorder in September 2003, Elverum gave his reasons for this change: "Mount Eerie is a new project. The Microphones was completed, or at least at a good stopping point. I did it because I am ready for new things. I am new."[2] Around this time, Elverum also changed the spelling of his own surname (previously, Elvrum).[3]

The first Mount Eerie releases included a limited edition CD-R of new recordings (Seven New Songs of "Mount Eerie"), a 12" EP recorded live to acetate with local musicians during an Australian tour (Mount Eerie Dances with Wolves), and a live triple album released by Burnt Toast Vinyl in late 2004 (Live in Copenhagen). Elverum returned to his hometown of Anacortes after spending several years living in Olympia, WA whilst recording for K Records, and established his own label and imprint, P.W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd. The first official Mount Eerie studio album in Phil's eyes was "No Flashlight" Songs of the Fulfilled Night, released in August 2005. The original pressing featured an extremely large fold-out sleeve with extensive footnotes and explanations. Following pressings of the album feature more simple packaging with the original liner notes and poster absent.

Elverum has continued to tour and record prolifically in recent years, to considerable critical acclaim.[4] Noteworthy releases have included Mount Eerie pts. 6 & 7 (a hardcover coffee-table book of Elverum's photography, packaged with a 10" record), Lost Wisdom (recorded with Julie Doiron and Frederick Squire), and Wind's Poem (a black metal-influenced double-album, recorded with Nicholas Krgovich). In 2012, Elverum released two albums, Clear Moon and Ocean Roar, and was chosen to perform at Jeff Mangum's All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Minehead, England.[5] A new Mount Eerie double-album entitled Sauna was released on February 2, 2015.[6]

In January 2017, the song "Real Death" was released of the forthcoming album A Crow Looked At Me.[7]

Personal life

Elverum married Canadian artist and musician Geneviève Gosselin in 2003 shortly after meeting her. The two dated long-distance briefly before Geneviève moved to Washington to live with Phil. She recorded under the names Woelv and Ô Paon. In 2015, Geneviève was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer following the birth of the couple's first child. After running out of funds to pay for Geneviève's cancer treatments the two turned to the world and asked for their support through way of a GoFundMe page; an unexpected decision from the usually reclusive couple.[8] On July 10, 2016, Geneviève died in the company of her husband and parents.[9][10]

Studio Albums

  • "No Flashlight" Songs of the Fulfilled Night (LP/CD, 2005)
  • Lost Wisdom (LP/CD, 2008 - recorded with Julie Doiron and Frederick Squire)
  • Dawn (Book/CD, 2008 - journal and songs written in Norway, 2002/03)
  • Wind's Poem (Double LP/CD, 2009)
  • Clear Moon (LP, 2012)
  • Ocean Roar (LP, 2012)
  • Sauna (Double LP, 2015)
  • A Crow Looked at Me (LP, 2017)

EPs and other albums

  • Seven New Songs of "Mount Eerie" (CD-R, 2004)
  • Live in Copenhagen (Triple LP, 2004)
  • Mount Eerie Dances with Wolves a.k.a. Two New Songs of "Mount Eerie" (12" EP, 2004)
  • The Drums from "No Flashlight" by Mt. Eerie (LP, 2005)
  • SINGERS (LP/CD, 2005 - released under the band name SINGERS)
  • Eleven Old Songs of Mount Eerie (LP/CD, 2005 - songs written 2002/03, recorded with a Casiotone accompaniment)
  • Mount Eerie pts. 6 & 7 (Book/10" EP, 2007)
  • Black Wooden Ceiling Opening (10" EP/CD, 2008)
  • White Stag (CD-R EP, 2009)
  • Black Wooden (12" EP/CD, 2009)
  • Song Islands vol. 2 (Double LP, 2010 - compilation of singles and unreleased tracks)
  • Pre-Human Ideas (LP, 2013 - synthesised/auto-tuned re-recordings of earlier songs)
  • Live in Bloomington, September 30, 2011 (LP, 2013)

7" Singles

  • "2 Songs" (2005, limited to twenty copies)
  • "In The World/I Love You Guys (slow)" (2005, split with The Love of Everything)
  • "I Whale" (2006)
  • "Prisoner of Desire/Through the Trees (excerpt)" (2008, split with No Kids)
  • "To The Ground/The Mouth Of Sky (M.I.D.I. Strings)" (2012)
  • "Distorted Cymbals/Angelpoise Cymbals" (2012, split with Selector Dub Narcotic)
  • "World Heaves b/w Engel Der Luft (Popol Vuh) (version)" (2012)
  • "The Place Lives (version)/The Place I Live (version)" (2012)
  • "Clear Moon/Ocean Roar (Condensed Versions)" (2012 - all tracks from Clear Moon and Ocean Roar played simultaneously)
  • "Emptiness (version)" (2014)

References

  1. ^ Bangback.com (via Web Archive) - Phil Elverum: Print pioneer of the Pacific Northwest
  2. ^ Discorder.ca - The Microphones
  3. ^ Pitchfork Media - Interviews: Microphones
  4. ^ Metacritic - Mount Eerie
  5. ^ ATP curated by Jeff Mangum
  6. ^ Claymore, Gabrielle Tully. "Mount Eerie Sauna Details". Stereogum. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  7. ^ ""Real Death" by Mount Eerie Review | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2017-01-28. 
  8. ^ "Phil Elverum Seeks Donations for Wife's Cancer Treatment | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2017-01-28. 
  9. ^ "Geneviève Elverum Has Died | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2017-01-28. 
  10. ^ "Geneviève Castrée, Artist Married to Phil Elverum, Has Died". Spin. 2016-07-10. Retrieved 2017-01-28. 

External links

  • P.W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd. (Elverum's own label)
  • The Microphones / Mount Eerie at K Records
  • Mt. Eerie Preservation Society – defunct fansite
    • Message board for Mt. Eerie Preservation Society
  • Get Off The Internet Society – updated fansite
  • Mount Eerie Facebook Like Page - Fan Managed Like Page
  • KNW-YR-OWN Records
   

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