Monday, April 16, 2012
Single Review: Mount Eerie-To the Ground 7"
If everything that was Wind's Poem was catharsis for Mount Eerie, then his new material is him trying to do something that is just the opposite. As if Mount Eerie was using this single as some commentary on "chill" or "relaxed" music. Case in point with "To the Ground". With the bongos and sharp, awkward electronics beeps through out, in anyone else's hands this track could have become something much cheesier than it actually is. Instead Elverum is manages to fill the song with tension and slight dread with his vocals and inorganic drum work, despite the backdrop they are working against. It's actually a masterful track, building and dropping to keep the feel of the song constant and powerful. On the flip side is the well flip side of this commentary, a reworking of "The Mouth of Sky" from Wind's Poems. Though one would never guess that it was the same song listening to it here, as it has shed all of it's black metal heaviness and morphed into something filled with sad violins and an auto tuned Elverum. It's slightly surreal to know that is a Mount Eerie track, but placed with the single, it makes more sense every time you listen to it.
Mount Eerie's material tends to get gobbled up quickly by his fans, and with only 300 copies, this 7" won't last long either. Hopefully it will be rereleased in the future because this a wonderful, quiet addition to Mount Eerie's discography.
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Buy the To the Ground 7" here, from Atelier Ciseaux