Clear Moon
Mount Eerie - Clear Moon
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2012 Rank: #26 / 929
User Score
Based on 83 ratings
May 22, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
P.W. Elverum and Son / Label
Indie Folk / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Tiny Mix Tapes

The album is wonderfully uneven and mysteriously unfinished, and while we might look forward to its second half for a sense of balance and completion, I’m content enough to dwell amidst its own jagged remains.

86
Beats Per Minute

This record, as much of Elverum’s work is, is a grower in the most beautiful sense, and one that I can’t imagine will lose its brilliance any time soon.

83
Pitchfork

It feels like a collection of secrets Elverum has cupped in his palm to pour directly, and privately, into your ear alone, a rich meditation on the many meanings of the word "home."

80
Consequence of Sound

The stars align, in the form humming organs, and a clear moon is all we see. Elverum’s glow has never shined so bright.

80
The 405

Clear Moon is yet another immensely accomplished record by any immensely accomplished musician.

80
No Ripcord

Elverum’s utilization of metallic and avant-garde elements into what might otherwise be considered a folk album demonstrates a songwriter unlimited by genre and also turned on by creative possibility.

75
A.V. Club

Clear Moon is a thunderous effort, but it’s hard to ignore the other Phil Elverum hiding behind the clouds, composing his next tweet.

Aug 31, 2017
scott96k
85
A beautifully melancholic album that transports me to a place quite like the image in the cover. There's a real focus on atmosphere with so many fantastic elements of ambient music that complement Phil's soft vocals perfectly. Such as the slow and moody 'the Place I Live' that has such an ethereal feel to it with delicate backing vocals (I don't know who from), and soothing strings that only emphasise the misty isolated imagery coming from the lyrics. Or tracks like '(something)' and ... read more
Aug 13, 2017
pouls
NR
One of the most interesting releases in the Phil Elverum discography. Phil captures the intimacy that permeates his previous releases and adds a very dream-like atmosphere to every song here. One of the albums that made me get into Phil's music, and a fantastic album.
Dec 13, 2014
SiberianBreaks
79
On 'Clear Moon,' Phil heads back into familiar territory with some of his most captivating material yet. Listening to this is like spiritually embracing the moonlight on a foggy night.

Favourite tracks: Through The Trees Pt. 2, The Place I Lives, Yawning Sky
Sep 24, 2012
loosey
100
My favorite album of 2012 so far.
Track List
  1. Through The Trees pt. 2 
  2. the Place Lives 
  3. the Place I Live 
  4. (something) 
  5. Lone Bell 
  6. House Shape 
  7. Over Dark Water 
  8. (something) 
  9. Clear Moon 
  10. Yawning Sky 
  11. (synthesizer)
Contributions By
thisisabtlgrnd, philthy


Added on: February 22, 2012