It's hard to just say "House Shape" is stunning/beautiful because that feels like an apt. description for everything Elvrum has put out within practically his entire musical career. However, for lack of better words, that is exactly what "House Shape" is. Stripping away the crushing heaviness that came with his black metal influenced Wind's Poem, but still keeping the forbidding atmosphere of those songs, Mount Eerie merges it perfectly with his own usual style to some dark but memorizing. The whole song has a "organic electronic" sound to it, like Elvrum carved the computer tone like organ sounds of the intro that sound like synths and the clacking drum work that sound like a machine out of wood and nature and somehow breathed them to work. Then the vocals kick into half way through, and all the separate elements that were played out in the beginning come together ever more perfectly than before hand. Hard to believe that we're are not only getting one Mount Eerie album this year, but two. If "House Shape" is proof anything, it will be that those albums will be some of the best music of the year.
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