01.24.2015 — “Sauna” by Mount Eerie

Phil Elverum of Mount Eerie

If you only watch one music video tonight, make it “Sauna” by Mount Eerie (2015, from the forthcoming album Sauna).

Mount Eerie is an ambient/drone/slowcore/folk band from Anacortes, Washington. The band is fronted by Phil Elverum, who has also been the front of some other bands. He’s also done a bunch of visual art stuff and he’s produced some albums. He used to be the front of the band The Microphones, but he’s been running Mount Eerie since 2003. He’s been pretty prolific, with six proper albums and a boatload of EPs under his belt while using the Mount Eerie moniker. He’s known for creating albums with beautiful and exhaustive artwork, and this forthcoming 2xLP is no different.

The new album is coming out on February 3, and I’ve read a lot of great things about it. I’ve heard three of the 12 songs, and I’m really excited about it. I don’t own anything by Mount Eerie, but I’ve been aware of them for a few years. A few days ago, I noticed that they’d released two promotional videos for the new album, and they’re both spectacular. The video for “This” is really stark and bizarre and beautiful. This is also bizarre and beautiful. Stereogum compared it to the work of David Lynch. I wouldn’t go that far, but it is pretty weird. Never mind that. The song is magnificent. If you like drone-y, low-tempo stuff. Take the mind-blowingly awesome penultimate drone-fest song “Do You Know How To Waltz”, from Low’s very good album The Curtain Hits The Cast and slow it down a bit. Cut its length a bit. This song is what you get. Extreme drone. I’ve watched this video/listened to the song a bunch of times and I still can’t believe how much I like it. It’s intoxicating to me.

The video, by the way, represents an abridged version of the song. I don’t know how long the album version will be, and those details aren’t available just yet.

Anyway, here’s the video. I encourage you to watch it several times. Or at least play the video several times just so you can hear the song excerpt. Relax and enjoy. This is deep relaxation music.

The cowgirl with the lasso is frequent Mount Eerie collaborator Allyson Foster. She also co-directed the video.

The Mount Eerie/Elverum website describes the video in many unusual ways. One way it describes the video –or at least the third act of it– is “The national identity (sisu) of Finland”. Okay. Sure. Read the full description here.

This album will be released via their own label P. W. Elverum & Sun. The physical format will be a high-quality, heavy 2XLP in a deluxe gatefold package. The 12″ records will play at 45rpm. See what it looks like here, and pre-order it here. Street date is February 2, but it’ll ship in “late January”. The physical purchase includes a digital download, which I’ll assume will be redeemable prior to the street date.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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