As Paste writes, Mount Eerie‘s new album A Crow Looked At Me “articulates more than just a one-sided sadness. Traveling through an entire spectrum of bereavement, [Phil] Elverum is mystified at how someone can exist and then be irrevocably gone… All he can do, in response to this profoundly devastating thing, is continue to exist and write what he knows.” The profound devastation is the tragic loss of Geneviève Castrée, Elverum’s wife and the mother of his child, to pancreatic cancer. In a reaction to her death, Elverum has crafted a singularly haunting and gorgeous work that some critics believe may be the best of his career.
In an interview with Paste, Elverum opens up not only about his loss but about the impact that opening up about his loss – first online, and now on record – has had on him psychologically. It hasn’t all been good, as Elverum admits the weight and guilt he’s felt when others have come to him with their stories. With this interview, he continues to candidly sort through his conflicted personal feelings – anyone enamored of A Crow Looked At Me should check it out here. You can watch the video for “Ravens” below.
A Crow Looked At Me was the highest-debuting album at NACC last week.