TOM131 | released: 01/09/2009 | 2xLP
via Anost (Europe)
01 Wind's Dark Poem
02 Through The Trees
03 My Heart Is Not At Peace
04 the Hidden Stone
05 Wind Speaks
07 Mouth of Sky
08 Between Two Mysteries
09 Ancient Questions
11 Lost Wisdom pt. 2
12 Stone's Ode
13 (wind lyrics)
14 Summons (acoustic)
15 Lost Wisdom
What if the sound of wind through trees could be translated into human words? What is it saying?
For Wind's Poem by Mount Eerie, Phil Elverum spent almost two years out behind the house, at the edge of the woods, listening into the night and finding these words. Songs of impermanence, dark change, destruction, temporary blossoming, mortality, and an immense river of air tearing through the world make up the 3rd offcial album by Mount Eerie.
A hundred kinds of distortion, oceans of synth, and clouds of bass are the elements these twelve songs are built from, with moments of clarity occasionally revealing soft harmonies (featuring Nick Krgovich from Vancouver's NO KIDS) reverently attempting to describe a dark mystery. The album holds a large debt to the music and world of David Lynch's Twin Peaks, as well as to some of the more innovative artists on the edges of ambient, colossal Black Metal.
Like these influences, Wind's Poem also drifts back and forth between a "dream world", where the wind screams about feeting existence, and reality, standing on the street, wide awake, looking at the hills outside town, remembering.
The album is well built, resting on the stone-solid production of Mount Eerie's only actual member, Phil Elverum, recorded at various locations around his hometown of Anacortes, Washington. In large walls of warm noise you can hear the wind, or is it flames?, or cymbals?, voice-like through the fog. And then all at once the clouds part and a song hangs in the air, soft and clear.
The European edition of Wind's Poem through Tomlab comes on double vinyl and CD with 3 exclusive tracks that are not included in the US version. Mount Eerie will be touring in a full band version all over the US in support of this album in the fall of 2009, featuring (among other things) 2 drummers, a gong player, and a wall of amps.
Songs of impermanence sung huge, distorted and warm.