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  • Audio CD (18 Aug. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: P.W. Elverum & Sun
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 477,745 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
If you're the kind of listener who likes to do their research you will find that
Mount Eerie's (aka Phil Elverum's) new album 'Wind's Poem' has garnered
some very ponderous attention by reviewers on other online music forums.

The history of his craft and creations is out there in the ether if you are determined to know.

The view that he is a very serious young man would be hard to challenge.

The evidence encountered in this Cimmerian project points to a
single-minded vision and a wholly uncompromising nature.

The words "Death-Metal" have popped up here and there in connection with
this release but I do not feel qualified to comment on the validity of their usage.
Others who may follow in my footsteps will doubtless clarify the
most appropriate box in which to place it.

What an Old Wolf has heard held his attention and interest for the duration
of its 15 constituent parts. This was not always an easy task.

The music is dense, almost impenetrably so at times. Great blocks
of sound shaped into roughly carved and unpolished artefacts.
Sometimes with a fine degree of delicacy ('Wind Speaks');
sometimes with a hammer and anvil ('The Hidden Stone');
almost always with an alchemists eye for a transcendent outcome.

The melancholy voice and lyrics are ephemeral and elusive.
On occasion they are barely audible. 'Through The Trees' is a good example
of a long and winding composition which takes its time to make a mark.
With a little patience its strange uncertain path is more than worth following.

The blistering opening chords of 'Lost Wisdom pt. 2' eventually give way
to one of the album's most haunting soundscapes.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
An all-encompasing doom / drone gem 30 Aug. 2009
By somethingexcellent - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After some of his earlier success, Phil Elverum has seeming gone in every direction possible. He kicked things off by releasing an album that was nearly strictly vocals and rhythms ("Mount Eerie") and even released that album in the two separate pieces in limited edition. Then, he adopted the namesake of the album and put out a variety of albums that included collaborations with Julie Doiron & Fred Squire and a couple releases on his own label (P.W. Elverum & Sun) that pushed into an art object realm. One of which ("pts. 6 & 7") is an incredible earth-friendly 132 page book with a 10' record that definitely falls into a, "for the hardcore fans" category.

Despite the slew of different recordings (including one made in a desolate Norwegian cabin), "Wind's Poem" in some ways feels like the first true new Mount Eerie album since the aforementioned album by The Microphones of the same name. Twelve songs run just over 54 minutes and veers back and forth between droning dirges of slow core wonder, cinematic shufflers that draw heavily from Angelo Badalamentit, and incredibly loud passages that sound like the group doing their best conjuring of doom metal.

The P.W. Elverum label is pitching it as, "the best record ever made by Mount Eerie or any related projects," and after spending some time with it, I have a hard time arguing with that statement. When all is said and done, I may find myself ultimately going back to The Glow pt. 2 a bit more than this, but it's certainly a substantial release, and one that seems like it will have even more sway when the temperature drops and seems to fall in line even more with the sounds on the release.

A sort of album-length meditation on decay and life and death, "Wind's Poem" isn't an easy listen (at least, as much as earlier work from Elverum), but it's certainly not a big challenge either. There are melodies that creep and stick in your brain and subtle layering that rewards on multiple listens.

Because the album roils and rolls over its duration, there's really no better place to start than at the feverish opener of "Wind's Dark Poem." Opening with a swarm of massive guitars, it curtails only slightly to let the warm words of Elverum slightly peek through, but mainly keeps the amp-shredding wall going for a full 4 minutes. On first listen, it comes as a real shock (as in, "is this really Mount Eerie?"), but now I can't imagine a more emphatic way for the album to announce itself.

From there, the album sloughs off into the quieter "Wind Speaks" before settling into the serious 11-minute drone epic of "Through The Trees." The latter finds held organ chords mixing with pitch-bent tape loops, muffled drums, and all kinds of other time-bending instrumentation that sounds like it's being slowly stretched and warped with age. A couple other songs again blister with ringing drums and overblown guitars ("something" and "the Mouth of Sky") before the latter couple tracks veer into a slightly more heady realm.

One of these is "Between Two Mysteries" and it can't be a simple coincidence that the track borrows a chord progression from the aforementioned Badalamenti as it weaves a story of a semi-magical locale that sounds an awful lot like Twin Peaks. It's also one of a couple songs on the album where a little bit of sunlight manages to creep through the darkness, and it helps lighten the load considerably.

After all the random side projects and solo seclusion efforts and other random merchandise, Wind's Poem arrives as a solid and cohesive album from a group that hasn't always been the most focused. It's by no means a feel-good release, but the arc of the album plays in its favor, moving through some devastating passages before lightening the load towards the end.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A profoundly sculpted and fine-tuned work of timeless art 12 Oct. 2009
By E-CLoud - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
My familiarity with Phil's music only goes so far as the Microphones The Glow Pt. 2 and Mount Eerie, and now Wind's Poem. So I only can compare this album with those two. But this goes WAY farther and deeper than those two works, and farther than I thought music could go. Most reviews of Wind's Poem are fairly good, but in my opinion Mount Eerie has outdone itself here. It's such an honest and heartfelt struggle with eternal questions, the internal violence and fear portrayed with as much care and attention as the peaceful, spiritual moments. This is the most spiritual album I know of at the moment, he really gets at the heart of being human. It's as devastating and cold as it is beautiful and warm. I have a feeling I will be coming back to this album even in 50 years. I can see some people not liking this album because it is too intense and too serious. But anyone who's had a spiritual crisis or has meditated on the profoundly terrifying spiritual questions, this album addresses these issues with humanity, feeling, and honesty in a way few records do. Highly suggested for poetic souls.
A lo-fi ambient experimental masterpiece 13 Aug. 2009
By Eli Maxwell - Published on Amazon.com
This music is very hard to pigeon-hole into a genre. Main man Phil Elverum has stated several times that he's been heavily influenced by black metal as of late, and it definitely shows in many of the tracks, but calling this Mount Eerie's "black metal album" would be an enormous understatement. There are bits and pieces of his folk beginnings still lingering about here and there, some almost-electronica elements, noise-art-rock, metal, is that some jazz in there?... whatever it is, it's dark as hell and ridiculously intricate. The album's own website declares it "the best record ever made by Mount Eerie or any related projects," and they're not too far from the truth.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
poor sound quality 30 Jan. 2010
By emily allgaier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
it's unfortunate that the sound quality of this album is terrible, as the lyrics and music are quite good. i would have given wind's poem more than three stars, but it's frustrating to listen to it because of all the ssshhhhhhhhhh noise. maybe it's supposed to be the wind? whatever it is, i don't reccomend getting this album because of it. try lost wisdom instead.
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