AOTY 2019
Mount Eerie - Clear Moon
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2012 Ratings: #29 / 955
User Score
Based on 150 ratings
2012 Ratings: #62
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.

MinatoArisato
75
It feels like Elverum is an artist who always manages to surprise even if his style hasn't really changed all that much from his days with The Microphones. Clear Moon feels isolated and almost at one with nature. Elverum's writing really captures a mood like no other especially when paired with his extremely fragile voice. Definetley an album that shouldn't be overlooked.

Best Track: Through the Trees, Pt. 2
Worst Track:(Something)
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
sumrapsungs
100
a triumph.
MasterCrackfox
80
This album deserved and required an additional listen to fully soak in the full scope of the music. Although not as emotionally driven as one of the artists most recent undertakings, this album is still a beautiful landscape of sound that shows the span of his musical abilities.

Favorite track: House Shape
asowersby
90
10/10
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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)
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Added on: February 22, 2012