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Sep 7, 2012
10:36 AMBe There
Spree Music with E. Lovria: Mount Eerie
The haunting yet beautiful-sounding Mount Eerie will be at Ninth Ward at Babeville on Sunday, September 9th as he releases his second album of 2012, Ocean Roar, a companion piece to the Clear Moon LP released in March 2012. While some may find Mount Eerie to be moody and depressing, others are delighted by the hidden beauty behind the guitar as it weaves mystically through the crescendos and decrescendos in each song.
Mount Eerie cleverly offers listeners the two extremes of the all-encompassing “indie rock/lo-fi” genre: the soft, almost whimsical folk and chamber-influenced rock (exemplified by bands such as The National and the Decemberists) and its antithesis, black metal (which we listened to in order to scare our parents). The latter style is more prevalent in Mount Eerie’s 2009 release, Wind’s Poem. With Clear Moon, Mount Eerie takes us on a less menacing musical adventure and brings us on a more cerebral, tuneful journey. In my humble opinion, it’s the soundtrack to a walk you’d take into the lush woods of the Pacific Northwest and reminds me of hikes I took during a brief visit in 2006. This really shouldn’t be surprising as Mount Eerie’s mastermind, Phil Elverum, hails from that region. I am eagerly anticipating the release of Ocean Roar to see how Elverum decides to use the album as Clear Moon’s musical companion. If previous material and the album’s title is any indication, I suspect it to be more of an ode to his affinity for black metal music and much more sinister in character.
No matter what musical style Mount Eerie decides to incorporate into his Buffalo show, expect something a bit more meditative and intellectual than you may normally see. Just as striking as his performance is how respectful fans are to his songs. Whether he is in a coffee house or a larger club, the audiences silences themselves without prompting as he begins each song, only to erupt in applause for brief moments as he transitions from one piece to another. If you are in need of a little therapy and an escape, this performance is what you need.
Tickets for this all-ages show are currently on sale for $12. Opening for Mount Eerie are A Relative Term and Hoken & Friends of the Sun.
Elizabeth Lovria is a graduate of Lake Shore Central Schools and Syracuse University. She resides in Hamburg with her husband and their daughter.