Mount Eerie Pre-Human Ideas

Mount Eerie Pre-Human Ideas
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Phil Elverum has indulged in revisiting, reworking, and repurposing his songs before, releasing alternate cuts and even isolated instrumental tracks (see: The Drums from Mount Eerie and The Drums from No Flashlight). On this particular return, he's taken a combo platter of tracks, the lion's share from his two 2012 releases, Clear Moon and Ocean Roar, and fed them through an auto-tuner. While some results sound a little too much like a Speak and Spell, the compositions largely survive their robotic mutations, some even gaining new generations of melancholy and grayness via their detachment from the world of simple human emotion. Elverum takes great liberties with his vocals, using various shifts of pitch to create new characters in old stories, or adding multiple layers to become his own vocal harmonist. It's both sweet and creepy, which isn't unlike Mount Eerie in general, so the experiment must be a success. (P.W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd.)