p.W. elVerum & sun
If youâ€™ve ever listened to any of Phil Elver- umâ€™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 havenâ€™t listened to his work before, itâ€™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,Windâ€™s Poem,
with a couple of familiar melodies thrown in as well as a follow up to the ethereal, eleven- minute calm,â€œThrough theTrees.â€The album moves away from the hallowness of nature evoked in Windâ€™s Poem and toward the coming to terms with life in a rural town. Fans of The Glow, Pt. 2 â€“Philâ€™s seventh al- bum as The Microphones and most success- ful album to dateâ€” 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- verumâ€™s music.
- Benjamin Willems