Visiting Australia as part of Sydney Festival 2018, Mount Eerie makes his Melbourne Recital Centre debut on 24 January in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall in what will be a very personal and intimate performance by the skilled songwriter.
Phil Elverum, aka Mount Eerie, is a prolific multi-instrumentalist and producer who has worked across countless projects and bands; a writer, photographer, painter and poet. After the release of lo-fi psych-pop band the Microphones’ 2003 album, Mount Eerie, of which he was a member, Elverum took that title as the name of his subsequent project, which expanded on the searching feel of the Microphones’ music while maintaining his subtle, lo-fi and lyrically dense fuzz-folk aesthetic.
He has since then produced two decades worth of records that span a wide spectrum from studio heavy atmospheric landscaping to simple raw songs. Typically working with synthesizers, guitars and drums, Mount Eerie’s albums have always aimed to push into new territory, both in sound and idea. The thread of Elverum’s voice has however remained constant throughout – soft and human amid the wide range of textures and worlds. The lyrics have often attempted to grapple big questions, the briefness and the smallness of human life being a running theme.
When Phil Elverum lost his wife, Quebec-born artist and musician Geneviève Castrée, to cancer, he poured his grief into his latest release the beautiful and devastating A Crow Looked at Me. With hushed vocals and gently picked guitars, his songs offer a painfully raw and diary-like exploration of what it means to keep living after such a tragedy. A Crow Looked at Me was lauded with _Pitchfork_’s ‘Best New Music’ rating and is a heart wrenching ode to the death of his wife – akin to the recent autobiographical releases by Sun Kil Moon, Sufjan Stevens and Nick Cave.
‘For an album so firmly anchored by death, A Crow Looked at Me is suffused with life.’ Pitchfork
‘[Mount Eerie] does what great art should – remind us of the value of our world and the people we share it with daily.’ Sydney Morning Herald
CONCERT DETAILS Wednesday 24 January 2018, 7.30pm Elisabeth Murdoch Hall Mount Eerie (U.S.A.) with soon to be announced special guest A reserve $59 B reserve $49
Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre by arrangement with Mistletone
For more information and to book tickets visit: melbournerecital.com.au
To listen to the album A Crow Looked at Me on Spotify click here
Watch the Mount Eerie’s official video ‘Ravens’ on YouTube here
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