Some years ago Phil Elvrum put an end to his much lauded Microphones project and named his new one-man-band after an area in Anacortes, WA called Mount Eerie. Since then his songs have become more natural and the recordings less meticulous and fetishistic. In a good way. (He's also taken to self-releasing on vinyl only and in limited quantities.)
Back in 2004, when Pitchfork still cared, Phil's first release as Mount Eerie was a CD-r that he sold at shows in Japan. He's since decided to give these tracks away for free on the internet. About this, he writes,
"The release was in an edition of 196 CDRs and sold out on tour.
Somehow people in North America found out about it and thought they really wanted it because of the low quantity. Now it is available forever for free. No more romance!"
For those of you living in New York and in need of more romance in your life, Phil is performing tonight as Mount Eerie at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 129 Russell St @ Nassau, Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He's also "selling many exciting and “expensive” things at all these shows. If you have money bring as much as possible to the show. You may want to buy something."
"Something" may include this amazing 64-page book / picture disc documenting Phil's mythic love for the spookier bits of mother nature.
He'll be joined by Geneviève Castrée, a young French Canadian woman performing (en Français!) as WOELV. (I really like how many artists from this scene manage their identities like comic book superheros.)
Mount Eerie, Seven New Songs (2004)