Mount Eerie – “Pale Lights” (Excerpt)

It’s already been a pretty excellent year for Phil Elverum (and Phil Elverum fans): Clear Moon, the first of two planned 2012 LPs from his Mount Eerie project, was an absolute stunner. Now, the first bit of music from that second Mount Eerie LP, Ocean Roar, has emerged, and … wow. It’s hard to get a feel for just how much of “Pale Lights” is included in this excerpt, but what’s here is magnificent. It fades in on a roaring swell of ambient black metal (a genre Elverum embraced to breathtaking results on Mount Eerie’s 2009 album Wind’s Poem), which then cedes, momentarily, to near-silence, a distant organ, and a chilling Elverum vocal — which closes with the words, “A small yelp on the wind/And then, more roaring.” On that the storm rolls in again, with greater fury this time, louder, darker. Stream it:

Ocean Roar is out 9/4 via P.W. Elverum And Sun.

Ocean Roar tracklist:

01 “Pale Lights”
?02 “Ocean Roar?”
03 “Ancient Times?”
04 (instrumental?)
05 “Waves”
?06 “Engel Der Luft (Popol Vuh)”
?07 “I Walked Home Beholding”
?08 (instrumental)

Mount Eerie tour dates:

06/17 – Olympia, WA Northern 414 1/2 Legion Way
?06/18 – Portland, OR 4321 SE Hawthorne (2 shows, early & late)?
06/19 – Portland, OR Valentine’s
?06/20 – Seattle, WA 20/20 Cycle (2 shows, early & late)
?06/21 – Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre?
06/22 – Nanaimo, BC TBA?06/23 Victoria, BC The Fifty Fifty
?06/24 – Bellingham, WA Make.Shift Art Space?
07/13 – 07/15 – Anacortes, WA (1st Anacortes Unknown Music Series)
?08/24 – 08/26 – Rochester, WA (Helsing Junction Sleepover)

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