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.
The experience is not unlike being lost in rolling fog on an unfamiliar hillside.
'Stone's Ode', with its warmer vocal harmonies, conveys a somewhat more nurturing ambience.
Final track 'Lost Wisdom' delivers a dark, harrowing and portentous ending.
Not necessarily for those of a fragile disposition but if you can hold your nerve
there is a good chance that both your diligence and dedication will be well rewarded.