on July 7, 2012
This album lives up to the band's name. It is indeed eerie. The music excels in using instruments to evoke a feeling of mystery and often a bit of dread. Phil Elverum's voice seems to appear like a ghost throughout the album, blending flawlessly with the uneasiness, mysteriousness or, at times, the cacophony of the instrumental music.
It's hard to say whether I like the music or not. It doesn't make for great background music while working or doing random chores as it gives off a sense of uneasiness. At times, the music seems a bit disjointed and disconcerting because it quickly shifts from a calm eeriness to a heavier, almost grunge-like sound.
It's also hard to make comparisons. It kind of reminds of Damien Rice but with a bit of creepiness and less emoting but it's clearly not Damien Rice. It also reminds me of post-rock, but it isn't quite post-rock, neither. Either way, it's an interesting listen if you're up for a new musical experience. Not for everyone. I've had this album for a month now and it's yet to grow on me.