Lost Wisdom

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Lost Wisdom
Lost Wisdom.jpg
Studio album by Mount Eerie
Released October 7, 2008 (2008-10-07)
Recorded Anacortes, Washington
Genre Lo-fi, indie folk
Length 24:34
Label P. W. Elverum & Sun
(ELV 019)
Mount Eerie chronology
Mount Eerie pts. 6 & 7
(2007)Mount Eerie pts. 6 & 72007
Lost Wisdom
Julie Doiron chronology
Woke Myself Up
(2007) Woke Myself Up2007
Lost Wisdom
(2008) Lost Wisdom2008
I Can Wonder What You Did with Your Day
(2009) I Can Wonder What You Did with Your Day2009
Frederick Squire chronology
Lost Wisdom
(2008) Lost Wisdom2008
Daniel, Fred & Julie
(2009) Daniel, Fred & Julie2009
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 82/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Crawdaddy! (favorable)[3]
Dusted (favorable)[4]
Pitchfork Media 8.3/10[5]
Spectrum Culture 3.5/5.0[6]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[7]
Tiny Mix Tapes 3/5 stars[8]

Lost Wisdom is an album by Mount Eerie, with Canadian musicians Julie Doiron and Frederick Squire. It was released 7 October 2008 on P. W. Elverum & Sun.[9][10]

The recording of the album was somewhat spontaneous. Doiron and Squire had a few days between a recent tour and an upcoming recording session in Olympia, Washington,[10] and made a surprise visit to Phil Elverum in Anacortes.[9] Although Elverum was reluctant to ask the two to record an album,[10] the three decided to do so and quickly recorded the album.

Elverum considers Doiron his favorite singer,[9] and says recording with her was a "dream come true" for him.[10] She was a member of Eric's Trip, an indie noise pop band from the early 1990s, and has since recorded numerous solo albums. Elverum considers Eric's Trip his favorite band of all time, and says the band is "the reason why I got into playing music".[10] On The Microphones' 2000 album It Was Hot, We Stayed in the Water, he covered the Eric's Trip song "Sand" from their 1993 EP Songs About Chris. The Microphones song "I Felt You", from the 1999 album Don't Wake Me Up, samples the Eric's Trip song "May 11" from the 1993 album Love Tara.

The song "Lost Wisdom" is a reference to a Burzum song of the same title found on the album Det Som Engang Var.

A different version of the song "With My Hands Out" appears on Mount Eerie's 2004 release Seven New Songs, and other tracks later appeared on Dawn, released on 1 November 2008. Though the versions found on Dawn are actually the original recordings of those songs done in 2002. The track "Voice in Headphones" on this album reprises the chorus from Björk's song "Undo", over a different verse. Elverum had previously covered Björk's "All Is Full of Love" on the 2001 Microphones album Blood.

The album was included in Pitchfork Media's "Best New Music" on 14 October 2008.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Phil Elverum.

  1. "Lost Wisdom" – 4:14
  2. "Voice in Headphones" – 2:16
  3. "You Swan, Go On" – 1:25
  4. "Who?" – 2:24
  5. "Flaming Home" – 2:29
  6. "What?" – 2:06
  7. "If We Knew…" – 1:37
  8. "With My Hands Out" – 1:39
  9. "O My Heart" – 3:17
  10. "Grave Robbers" – 1:47