Last July, the artist and musician Geneviève Castrée died after an unexpected diagnosis of advanced pancreatic cancer. Castrée’s husband Phil Elverum — who’s been recording for more than 20 years, first as the Microphones and then as Mount Eerie — spent the weeks after her death recording the new album A Crow Looked At Me. Elverum recorded the album in the room where Castrée died, using Castrée’s instruments, and he documents, with unnerving specificity, the days before and after her death. It’s a heavy, sad, devastating album. It’s not an easy listen, but it’s an album you should hear, one made with enormous care and eloquence. The two have a daughter who was one and a half when Castrée died, and the moments where Elverum mentions her just do me in. We’ve posted the early songs “Real Death” and “Ravens,” and now you can hear the whole thing below, via NPR.
A Crow Looked At Me is out 3/24 on P.W. Elverum & Sun.