Mount Eerie - Sauna
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2015 Ratings: #313 / 776
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Based on 149 ratings
2015 Ratings: #289
February 3, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
P.W. Elverum & Sun / Label
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The 405

If you engross yourself in Sauna you feel like you're inhabiting a sphere of his psyche that lives and breathes through nature.


Sauna represents a thawing, the point when the icy chill of black metal, which has gripped Elverum for years, passes.

This hodgepodge of ideas, irregular pacing and abrupt transitions are oddly compelling; though it can be tough to make it to the end of the hour-long work, Elverum makes it worth it.

At many times, Sauna is like a journal of lonely walks in the woods, the reveries to be found in the absence of other people replacing the dramas of their presence.

The Line of Best Fit

Sauna is possibly the easiest, most accessible way into Elverum’s world he has released since he ditched The Microphones moniker.

No Ripcord

Sauna presents itself as a unique amalgamation of each release’s strengths, embodying the tranquil, hearth-warm sonic pallet of Clear Moon while stretching and expanding these sounds into the endless ether akin to Ocean Roar.


For Mount Eerie’s latest LP, principal driving force Phil Elverum made a deliberately literal collection of existential folk-rock, sort of like Calvin (sans Hobbes) re-imagining the recent output of Mark Kozelek.

Consequence of Sound

Sauna is a trudge through comfort, discomfort, fear, and acceptance, a completed revolution that leaves us flat on our backs squinting to make out what’s on the other side of this boiling steam.


Vast yet intimate, in some ways Sauna is the most like the Microphones album that gave Mount Eerie its name in the first place.

Pretty Much Amazing

Although Sauna’s makeup is similar to its two predecessors, it lacks their dynamism.

Under The Radar

No song on Sauna is going to make you sweat but every one will relax you and coax you into letting your worries seep on out of you.

Tiny Mix Tapes

On Sauna, there are no moralistic declarations, but there is a lot of artless rambling and merely descriptive lyrics about emptiness, time/space, and Anacortes.

Elverum's work has been one of my favorites for a while, mostly because of the sense of motion and tension that his music carries, and mainly for the enigmatic content in his compositions that never seem to let go of the listener, never giving away the gold behind his lo-fi, apocalyptic albums, claiming my attention and devotion as if these were his by right, and for these reasons, a Mount Eerie album will always get me excited to check where will Elverum go next. For this reason exactly, is ... read more
A very expansive, atmosphere-heavy album. A choppy, inconstant group of songs that feel so natural and vulnerable. Love it.

Sidenote: If Youth didn't have that silly bass drop thing thrown sporadically throughout, it would be one of my favorite Mount Eerie songs.

Favorite Tracks: Sauna, Pumpkin, Youth (the end in particular; what a great way to end an album)
This album is amazing to me. It's entertaining throughout. The way that it ends is stunning every time I hear it. It's beautiful, and I recommend it to anyone. I can only see it growing on me even more.
Sí, Sauna mantiene ese espíritu constructor de sensaciones.
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Added on: November 13, 2014