Boomkat Product Review:
These four tracks maker up the musical component of the Mount Eerie book and 10" Pts 6 & 7, which, according to Phil Elverum himself, is a direct follow up to The Microphones' album Mount Eerie from 2003 (and that's precisely the sort of overlapping, crossover nomenclature that ranks alongside Magnolia Electric Co. / Songs: Ohia in the confusion stakes). These four extended tracks find Elverum at the top of his game, combining inventive, subtle electronic production with great writing throughout. First off, 'Known World' lays down some striking dropped-tuning guitar sounds, coming across every bit as forcefully as a Sunn O))) doomscape, yet some light comes at the end of this rather dank tunnel in the form of it's counterpart 'Unknown World', which propels itself forth with a panning, fluttering beat whilst simple piano chords lay down a sparse, elemental musical bedrock. The vocal sounds somewhere between Will Oldham and John Vanderslice, carrying the melody with a confident swagger, but as the song dies out into a quiet finish, bells begin to toll ominously only to transform into a humming, electrical drone. 'Blue Light On The Floor' completes this return to more brooding, atmopheric sounds with crashing waves of cymbal breaking against sustained organ tones. Elverum's voice assumes a more mournful identity here, setting up the closing 'Mount Eerie Revealed' in all its boisterous glory; the piece is held together by grand choral gestures and massive, crunching beats, drawing the set to a mightily impressive finale. Wonderful stuff.