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oh!!! he played 2 shows with Julie in Montreal on Sunday - they still seemed a bit shaky so I didn't think they had recorded together (as much as i hoped)

beautiful and heartbreaking songs, mostly about the end of his recent relationship. (he seems upset about it still.)

sean gramophone, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 15:44 (ten months ago) link

it's more major key and the melodies are more direct and less rambling than anything on the last two, while the lyrics aren't so stream of consciousness narrative in style. it's still a fairly sparse folk song that gets going a little bit in a wonderful moment towards the end, it's not that removed but i prefer it to anything on A Crow Looked At Me to actually listen to already

ufo, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 15:46 (ten months ago) link

Not to be confused with the song "Lost Wisdom Pt 2" from 2009 album "Wind's Poem". Or maybe it is. Looking forward to this!

maffew12, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 15:53 (ten months ago) link

Didn't recent shows have a long song dealing with his recent divorce, sort of in the style of Now Only? His press release text makes it sound like there won't be any of that sort of thing here, but then there's only 8 songs? It doesn't exactly sound like he's going "back" to his previous sort of material either. Phil will just continue to Phil. Really glad to hear of another project

maffew12, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 15:58 (ten months ago) link

the track times are on itunes - there's one 7-minute track but the rest are pretty short and it's only 31 minutes as a whole

ufo, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 16:09 (ten months ago) link

he played the AMAZING super-long new song that he's been touring with ("The Microphones 2019"?) at one of the shows on Sunday, but he said it wasn't finished. it definitely felt thematically different than the other stuff - less about MW and more about nostalgia/looking backward from 2019 to when he was 17, 27, etc.

sean gramophone, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 16:11 (ten months ago) link

the recent live ones about the breakup were fairly long, assume these are different then

devvvine, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 16:12 (ten months ago) link

aw man, i didn't know they divorced. what a bummer.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 25 September 2019 16:35 (ten months ago) link

there's so much ephemera on his bandcamp page, from shitty early tapes to random live shows to recordings with string

na (NA), Wednesday, 25 September 2019 16:36 (ten months ago) link


na (NA), Wednesday, 25 September 2019 16:36 (ten months ago) link

this song is v beautiful

devvvine, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 21:00 (ten months ago) link


I saw the back cover of the album on the Twitter promo posts. It says recorded mostly at the end of May - so before "The Microphones" played What the Heck Fest and debuted some of that longer, newer? stuff.

Phil's site has had something called "Pink Light" under "upcoming" for a while. Given that this has a song called that, I guess this is that. Also "pink light" are the last words on the first Lost Wisdom album. I listened to it tonight for the first time in ages. That was probably his most unsettling work up to that point and I never went back to it much, despite being a big fan of him and Julie. This new song is a prettier thing.

maffew12, Thursday, 26 September 2019 01:53 (ten months ago) link

i don't really like the first Lost Wisdom much, it's ok but a pretty minor work and i definitely prefer the Dawn versions of the tracks that were on both.

ufo, Thursday, 26 September 2019 01:59 (ten months ago) link

everytime i put lost wisdom (pt. 1) on i'm there in the living room with julie and phil and fred. three people kneeling by the tape recorder, singing live. it sounds like dirty socks, wooden floor, rain on the window to me and it plays out so perfectly.

meaulnes, Thursday, 26 September 2019 04:40 (ten months ago) link

Lost Wisdom 1 is... my favourite Mount Eerie album?

sean gramophone, Thursday, 26 September 2019 12:52 (ten months ago) link

yea it's my favourite too, i also love how lived-in sounding it is. the songs are so haunting and memorable. new single is just as good

ttyl, Thursday, 26 September 2019 15:38 (ten months ago) link

it definitely had a sustained vibe. I'd think I'm in a minority of Elverum fans nowadays, not going in so much for the hauntedness of it all.

maffew12, Thursday, 26 September 2019 15:47 (ten months ago) link

it definitely had a sustained vibe

one thing that phil really excels at is creating a sustained vibe for each of his releases. he covers more musical ground than his non-fans would probably know, but for each album he manages to create really coherent and complementary collections of songs

Sally Jessy (Karl Malone), Thursday, 26 September 2019 15:53 (ten months ago) link

Definitely. Most of them have a wider palate than Lost Wisdom but still hang together so well. You can get lost in any of them.

maffew12, Thursday, 26 September 2019 15:58 (ten months ago) link


maffew12, Thursday, 26 September 2019 15:59 (ten months ago) link

they're like a pallet full of sound from a fog filled netherworld

maffew12, Thursday, 26 September 2019 16:01 (ten months ago) link

three weeks pass...

not really feeling this new one

devvvine, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 14:58 (nine months ago) link

devvvine, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 14:58 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Album is out. Oof. Phil misses Michelle. It's pretty but it's another tough listen.

maffew12, Friday, 8 November 2019 13:45 (nine months ago) link

it's lower key than Now Only, which is his career peak imo, but i'm still enjoying it and certainly more than the first Lost Wisdom

ufo, Saturday, 9 November 2019 07:07 (nine months ago) link

Peak eh? I liked it a lot, bought the record, but I can't spend a load of time with these things. Anyway the first song put out from this new one, "Love Without Possession" is my favorite of his in years. Gorgeous.

After that plus the name of this project, I was surprised that it is basically Now Only pt2 featuring Julie Doiron... that doesn't have the same ring to it though. I do look forward to listening more when I'm in the mood. Some pretty stunning moments here.

maffew12, Monday, 11 November 2019 01:22 (nine months ago) link

seven months pass...

Is this the default Mt Eerie thread?

I don’t know anything about this music but my good friend is selling a job lot of early stuff - all the proceeds going to First Nations Development Institute

Priory, Friday, 3 July 2020 17:48 (one month ago) link

Ah man, cool selection. I swear there was another thread bumped recently for the upcoming album - might be under Phil Elvrum or his Microphones moniker.

cooldix, Friday, 3 July 2020 17:55 (one month ago) link

haha, i own kind of am embarrassing amount of stuff in that auction. but some really rare stuff too, like the test pressings!

time is running out to pitch in $5 (Karl Malone), Friday, 3 July 2020 20:25 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

the microphones - microphones in 2020 (2020)

devvvine, Thursday, 6 August 2020 18:00 (one week ago) link

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