Phil Elverum‘s most recent album under the Mount Eerie moniker, A Crow Looked At Me, is one of the best and most critically-acclaimed albums of the year. It’s also, quite frankly, among the most harrowing due to its subject matter: the quick and unexpected loss of Elverum’s wife to cancer, and his visceral reaction to her death and his new life as a mourning single father. Remarkably, Elverum has been able to take these tragic songs on the road, performing them in front of small crowds during short intimate tours this year. If you missed the performances, Stereogum has posted a live set that Mount Eerie performed at its studios last month, so you can watch versions of “When I Take Out The Garbage At Night,” “Ravens,” and “Soria Moria.” See them here.
A Crow Looked At Me is a hauntingly beautiful album, and its aggregated Metacritic score places it in right behind Kendrick Lamar‘s DAMN. as the second best-reviewed record of the year. It’s a rewarding, thought-provoking listen, one that will make an impression on all listeners. Make sure your DJs know about it, and let us know if you need a new download.
Give A Crow Looked At Me a listen on Apple Music or Spotify below.