The Microphones – Mount Eerie (K, 2003)


(the whole album passes by without a word spoke)

Nick: it’s always difficult to say anything about these type of things, I can understand that here is not a perfect place to listen to this and now probably isn’t the right time but…

I don’t even know if it can be categorized as music.

the parts with just the lone voice are very negative and boring, I prefer the sound effects bits.

it’s the kind of record you could only listen to once, but even that might be too much.

and did you pick up any kind of ‘concept’ per se?

not really, and I was listening to the lyrics, but nothing hit me.

what good is it if it needs to be explained?

like if a song were to say ‘we’re going to the hop’ but came with a paragraph of text explaining what a hop was, where would the fun be in that?

maybe if it was performed in ancient english, or anything else you could learn and take stuff from….

this is his language and it’s of no use to the rest of us.

the big mistake that a lot of artists make, musicians, poets, painters everyone; they think that what they put in automatically comes out the other end, but it doesn’t, they have this misconception, that people will recognize that ‘these 5 notes played together represent the death of my uncle arthur’ but when everyone hears it it just comes across as 5 weird notes.

Phil Elverum’s last ‘proper’ album as The Microphones was followed by ‘The Drums from Mount Eerie’ and ‘The Singing from Mount Eerie’ and much much later ‘Mount Eerie parts 6&7’ which was by Mount Eerie, which is Phil Elverum. Confused? maybe you should have a read of ‘Headwaters – An Attempted Explanation of Mount Eerie’ or maybe that’ll just balls things up even further.


One response to “The Microphones – Mount Eerie (K, 2003)

  1. I often thinks you got to hear this in context with The Glow Pt2… this is like the druggy freak out sequel where the dude loses his freaking mind

    a run of great albums, Lemon Of Pink is a bicycling favourite and Karl Blau is, as we know, The Man

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