This week, we serviced “Distortion,” the first song from Phil Elverum’s new album as Mount Eerie – Now Only. The new record is the next chapter in a musical movement that began last year with the stunning and tragic A Crow Looked At Me. That album – an almost stream-of-conscience reaction to the loss of Elverum’s wife – had a profound emotional impact on listeners, many of whom had complicated and persconal reactions to it. The album remains available on our download page, along with “Distortion” – which is going for adds next week.
Tiny Mix Tapes placed the LP at the top of its 2017 albums of the year list, accompanying the feature with a thoughtful essay from Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli. According to Rovinelli, who wrote that when listening, “I keep weeping, and my tears are my own. This, I think, is the path forward opened by this record, its own tiny pushing of borders. In the precision of his own grief, Phil found something of a model for a less-dangerous emotional relation between listener and performer that allows for engagement from all sides. The ambivalence of my embrace is crucial to my love of it, allows me to love it. We are not subsumed, but we weep. Our specificity survives, his specificity survives, and this aspect felt like its own crucial politic, to give us the freedom to weep on our own terms, be it for the suicide of a friend or something closer or farther from his songs.” Read the full essay here.