Mount Eerie

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This article is about the band named Mount Eerie. For the album Mount Eerie by The Microphones, see Mount Eerie (album). For the town in Illinois, see Mount Erie (disambiguation).
Mount Eerie
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Performing in Urbana, Illinois in 2007
Background information
Origin Anacortes, Washington, USA
Genres Lo-fi, indie folk, black metal
Years active 2003–present
Labels P.W. Elverum & Sun
Members Phil 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]

History[edit]

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]

Elverum at UCLA in May 2004 (shortly after switching from The Microphones to Mount Eerie). Photo by David Greenwald.

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 (having spent 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 Mount Eerie studio album was "No Flashlight" Songs of the Fulfilled Night, released in August 2005 and featuring an extremely large fold-out sleeve with extensive footnotes and explanations.

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 (an ambitious 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]

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

EPs and other albums[edit]

7" Singles[edit]

  • "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)

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