Last year Phil Elverum (Mount Eerie, the Microphones) put out Lost Wisdom, a collaboration with Eric’s Trip’s Julie Doiron and Fred Squire, but the dark, multi-textured Wind’s Poem (out 8/18 on P.W. Elverum & Sun) feels like the true heir to The Glow Pt. 2 and No Flashlight. As Elverum put it, the collection investigates the “theme of wind and also destruction and impermanence.” We asked him about closing track “Stone’s Ode.”
For people who haven’t heard Wind’s Poem, can you explain the song and the characters of “Wind” and “Stone”?
Basically the idea with Wind’s Poem is that this crazy beautiful force of erosion and destruction (wind) constantly wraps around the world and permeates our lives, and is occasionally audible, blowing through buildings and branches. It is an invisible river, and it sings/says poems in a mystery language. So, the counterpart to wind must be “stone” (meaning all solid tangible things) and why shouldn’t “stone” sing a hidden song too? So, “Stone’s Ode” is about this. It’s about the interplay between these two things: shape vs. destroyer of shape. It could also be heard as “person vs. mysterious mortality,” or “a sense of stability vs. inevitable impending chaos.” It might seem meaningless and overly theoretical to most people, but honestly it is very touching for me to think about these things, and to see a the way a river has carved out a hillside and relate it to my own aging body and surprising failures and joys.