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Mount Eerie

MicrophonesAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 21, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: K. Records
  • ASIN: B00007IQFS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,976 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Sun
2. Solar System
3. Universe
4. Mt. Eerie
5. Universe

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Microphones masterpiece--so far March 3, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Ever since I heard their seminal album The Glow Pt. 2, I've been following this band (which is composed mainly of Phil Elvrum, the mind behind it all, and a few of his musically-inclined friends) and their musical ventures into the previously unknown.
I immediately went in pursuit of more of that music. I have since bought the previous album It Was Hot, We Stayed in the Water, and the singles collection Song Islands, and have been consistently impressed with the ideas and musicianship that come from one man's mind and his relationship with the universe. (All the Microphones albums can be seen to have a nature-based thread running throughout them, except the singles collection, which is stunning in itself as a portrait of the tremendous growth Elvrum has experienced since his original flowering.)
After the tremendous success of The Glow Pt. 2 (its review page is one of the most popular on this site), where was there to go but up...and out. Mount Eerie is the Microphones' musical idea of the universe, from creation to the present--including a stunning visit with Death itself. It is a true concept album.
It's nothing if not ambitious. And that's the kind of stuff coming out of the independent music scene in Washington state, and that's the kind of stuff you have to be ready for if you're going to listen to the Microphones.
Don't get me wrong, it's melodic and sounds great through headphones. There's all the normal surface that we expect from our music, but there's more. That's all I'm saying.
Of course, I wouldn't recommend this as a first Microphones purchase. There's enough material here that it may be overwhelming to a new listener. Get into the Microphones state of mind first. Listen to It Was Hot, We Stayed in the Water, then go to The Glow Pt. 2, and if you "get" those, you'll be ready for a trip to Mount Eerie.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Patient and Listen February 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The latest offering from the Microphones only has five songs. It is not merely an EP-nope-this is a full-fledged album...and that means the songs are going to be long. Sure, "patience is a virtue" and whatnot, but it sure isn't a virtue which I possess. I have an attention span of zero, and I was scared to listen to it.
"Mt. Eerie" opens with nothing but the ambient drones with which "The Glow, Pt. 2" left off--and it drags on seemingly forever. My palms were already getting sweaty. Then, at the 3:40 mark, something is thrown into the mix to hold my attention: drums! I was captivated at first. The slight tapping grew into thunderous pounding...then the pounding keeps going. And going. Did I buy a record by the Energizer Bunny?
The mix of odd noises and drums continues on for another seven minutes! This rivals the most painstaking of the Olivia Tremor Control's or Sonic Youth's experimental tracks, but the Microphones have the audacity to throw it at you right from the onset. And just when I am about to end my exercise in patience, the familiar, haunting voice of Phil Elvrum chimes in. I sighed in relief and settled into my chair.
I love his voice. He doesn't hit every note perfectly. He might even flunk out of a voice class (Bob Dylan probably would, too), but it doesn't matter. His tone is perfect for the Microphones' music. It should be: he IS the Microphones. Elvrum writes just about every note for the "band," and he enlists friends to help him perform everything for the albums.
The difficult first track, "The Sun," pours into "Solar System" via a wave of white noise. When the ear-piercing clamor dissipates, one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard is revealed. I can listen to this song over and over again.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars that one kid December 13, 2003
Format:Audio CD
ok, this album is that one kid. you know, you're 26 or 27 and you go to a house show at your friends' house. and at the show there is a high school kid whom no one seems to know who is staging an enormous, beautiful and breathtaking play; a theatrical production on a shoestring budget that nobody in your town has seen the likes of. And this play instantly puts everyone else's work to shame, casting a light of sincerity and imagination on the show that is inescapable.
Immediately, the scenesters and post modern elite begin telling everyone, especially the beautiful girls, everything that is wrong with this kid's play, desperately trying to ignore and draw attention away from the simple truth of the situation. That is, that this kid has made something so gorgeous and honest in world that least expected it.
This album is that kid.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing April 20, 2003
By Zach
Format:Audio CD
Okay, assuming you're reading this review to see whether you should buy or download this album, you fall under one of two categories. 1) you haven't heard Glow Pt. 2 before. 2) you You have heard the The Glow Pt. 2 before.
If you fall in the 1st category, go buy the Glow Pt.2. Not that it's better mind you, it's just an easier listen and (assuming you like it - and you will) will provide a great gateway into Mt. Eerie - to me, the apex of the Microphones career so far. Now, if you have heard Glow Pt. 2, what are you waiting for? Mt. Eerie takes the unique Microphones' sound you grew to love and brings it to new heights - the heavens. This is the best concept alum since the Wall, and in the deep and ever-growing sea of great indie music, exists in a little tidepool of it's own.
Track one (Sun)is a massive, ambitious representation of the origin on the Universe and life on this planet - an abariginal drum beat powers this tune with Phil Elvrum's unique vocals and lyrical style bringing the metaphysical story to life.
Track 2 (Solar System) says so much in so little - etherial, beautiful,lonely - maybe the greatest Microphone's achievemnet yet.
Track 3 (Universe) brings new elements to the album - pushing the evolution evident throughout - "how many times have I learned this before?/ How many times have I made up this song before?/ How many times have I died up here before?".
Track 4 (Mt. Eerie) quite frankly blows me away. God, I am at a loss for words, really. It truly transcends definition.
And Track 5 (Universe) ties the album together nicely, if a bit hastefully - I was wishing for something more here, but it's beautiful nonetheless. Altogether, a modern masterpiece. No matter what aftermentioned category you fall under, you should eventually get to purchasing this album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars epic in every sense
Allow me to begin by saying that Phil Elv(e)rum is a artistic genius. On top of that, he's a very likeable guy (I've had the honor of conversing with him through e-mail). Read more
Published on June 20, 2005 by Kasey
5.0 out of 5 stars listen
(but not to what other people think)

i am glad to be living on earth at the same time as this man.

music is no joke. Read more
Published on June 5, 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous
This rather long 5 song EP (it clocks in at over 40 minutes) is quite remarkable. Probably my favorite thing I've listened to recently. Read more
Published on April 3, 2005 by the musicologist.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully
Have you ever tried to come up with a concept for an artwork, whether it be a painting , song, poem , novel whatever. Read more
Published on March 21, 2005 by Christopher J. Healey
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Best Record
The Microphones really did it with this album. Perhaps its not the most accessible, but if you take this cd and listen to it alone in a situation where it is your one and only... Read more
Published on June 5, 2004 by Nathaniel J.
5.0 out of 5 stars don't read reviews
albums are good. albums are bad. don't let these reviews affect you good or bad.
Published on May 15, 2004 by josh
5.0 out of 5 stars And the big black cloud will come....
Mt. Eerie is not a record to listen to in pieces. The record, more or less, is a song, a long piece that flows together quite beautifully in its own strange way. Read more
Published on April 18, 2004 by Paul H.
2.0 out of 5 stars a train wreck
What a pretentious, overblown waste of my time. This album is a massive mistake. Not a single note did I enjoy. Read more
Published on March 6, 2004 by Bryan Pearson
1.0 out of 5 stars Junkmedia Review - Should be titled: Mt. Dreary
The Microphones' new offering, Mt. Eerie, is a concept album based on the rural Washington area where main-Microphone Phil Elvrum grew up. Read more
Published on February 20, 2003 by junkmedia
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