Mount Eerie: Now Only (P.W. Elverum & Sun) Review | Under The Radar Magazine Under the Radar | Music Blog for the Indie Music Magazine
Monday, September 26th, 2022  

Mount Eerie

Now Only

P.W. Elverum & Sun

Mar 15, 2018 Mount Eerie Bookmark and Share


Under his Mount Eerie guise, Phil Elverum released one of the most powerful albums of recent times, A Crow Looked at Me, laying bare unmanageable grief following the loss of his wife Geneviève to cancer.

A year on and Now Only mines the same emotions, embracing sadness, maybe purging the pain, perhaps simply documenting it. His lyrical style is as affecting as ever, building simple line on top of simple line until a complete and devastating story emerges.

But while thematically this might be the same, time hasn’t stood still. He’s no longer just writing about his loss; he’s also writing about writing about the death of his wife. The title track finds Elverum singing his death songs to drunk young people at festivals, before discussing songwriting with Father John Misty and Weyes Blood. The same track even throws in an unlikely rallying cry for moving on.

That’s the big change here: Now Only finds Elverum still swimming in grief, but he’s been washed to the borders of his pain, the intensity ebbing. Now he sings to keep her memory going, no longer struck in the lost scream driving his last record.

The signs of forward momentum are present in his decision to beef up the simple acoustic guitar that drove his outpouring in 2017. While it remains the primary sound, space is found for electric guitars, or on the 11-minute meandering epic “Distortion,” a carefully deployed piano.

There are only six tracks this time out, some of them long, all of them weaving between despair and inner reflection, seeking a route out of the purgatory he’s trapped in. It’s part two of a painfully vivid window into the grieving process, and like part one, it’s brilliant. (www.pwelverumandsun.com)

Author rating: 8.5/10

Rate this album
Average reader rating: 8/10



Comments

Submit your comment

Name Required

Email Required, will not be published

URL

Remember my personal information
Notify me of follow-up comments?

Please enter the word you see in the image below:

Yiioverflow
March 16th 2018
1:14am

Very good article! We are linking to this great post on our site. Keep up the great writing. This is perseveringly stunning and amazing. Such a structure for individuals like this blog page get-together and me. Get staggeringly more data. thanks you for sharing this blog post with us.

The controls of this equipment are rather basic to determine,
and it’s very easy to readjust the volume as well as
set the timer. You can quickly transform the equipment off by transforming the volume dial to 0, and also the built-in timer can be
established for 15, 30 or 60 minutes shut-off periods.
The LectroFan White Noise Machine is an extensively prominent audio equipment
that has actually been a market favorite for the last few years.
The Dohm White Noise Machine has actually been around for even more than half a century - you’ve most likely already come across it.
The Dohm rest machine creates a relaxing noise of rushing
air without the inconvenience of a high-powered follower.
The gadget features 10 one-of-a-kind follower
audio as well as 10 non-repeated white noise tones which assist
get - as well as maintain - you unwind as well as relax.

You can quickly fit the device in a diaper bag or travel suitcase.
The gadget themselves are lightweight. Light-weight and durable
- This device is rather sturdy; it’s made from a sturdy plastic
compound. This offers you the option of either running the unit all night, or having
it switch off once you wander away to rest.