p.W. elVerum & sun
If you’ve ever listened to any of Phil Elver- um’s work before (notably, his work as:The Microphones, Mount Eerie), you will know that he likes to revisit or reinvent old songs. If you haven’t listened to his work before, it’s important to know he is an analog equip- ment geek and has an ear for expansive empty spaces. Clear Moon is a natural se- quel to his last Mount Eerie LP,Wind’s Poem,
with a couple of familiar melodies thrown in as well as a follow up to the ethereal, eleven- minute calm,“Through theTrees.”The album moves away from the hallowness of nature evoked in Wind’s Poem and toward the coming to terms with life in a rural town. Fans of The Glow, Pt. 2 –Phil’s seventh al- bum as The Microphones and most success- ful album to date— will be pleased to hear the same deep silences sit behind the music, the same doubled-over acoustic guitars and the same noisy interludes, some of them a little more looming than those from 2001. Upon first listen you may find the lyrics a little wordy, pedestrian or arrhythmic but his small voice does no unnecessary disrupting, and even the heaviest parts bend back to- ward the sparse, atmospheric centre of El- verum’s music.
- Benjamin Willems