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- To The Ground / The Mouth Of The Sky (M.I.D.I Strings) by Mount Eerie
8/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 25 April 2012
I've not really kept track of Phil Elverum's (a.k.a The Microphones, a.k.a Mount Eerie) progress in the last six or so years. I was a big fan of the Mount Eerie LP but the stuff he's been doing under that namesake has pretty much passed me by. Well this 7” on Atelier Ciseaux is an excellent re-introduction to an artist I should find more time for. 'To The Ground' is an excellent downbeat pop effort featuring bontempi beats, loose synths and human hand percussion (a.k.a claps). Elverum's vocal can be a bit mumbled and this is definitely one of those occasions. I'm not sure what Nicholas Krgovich is up to but he's also in there somewhere. Flip it and 'Mouth Of The Sky (M.I.D.I Strings)' is a sparse digi-strings led affair that is kinda beautiful in an obscure digital sort of way. The vocoder vocal is also a bit of a surprise. Good lad. Great single.
9/10 Jake Hepplewhite Customer review, 1st March 2015
Once again Phil Elverum has managed to transgress his (non-existent?) sonic boundaries and in the process brought us an alternative beauty. The 7" starts with a solitary, organic, metronome-esque sound, ticking somewhat incessantly with swooping bass filling a soundscape intermittently. This continues for so many seconds with several chiming rings before Phil's gorgeous yelp falls in with the line 'It was all a dream'. Following this utterly stellar first line, the mood of the song kicks off with immediacy, entailing dragged out, aerial synthesisers gliding above a stark and utterly bizarre stock metronome beat (was this a foreshadowing to his 'Pre-Human Ideas' release?). After so many chimings up the scale the organic beat floats back into the track, layering over the top of the now ethereal and oddly oriental sounding piece. Phil is heard almost chanting his usual zen wisdoms with '33 years of watching a mountain' with a slow rise to an energetic percussion (clap) section. The track becomes even more bizarre when Nick Krgovich of 'No Kids' slips into the track with a very pop-py hook with, I daresay a tad of autotuning. The Track essentially repeats following this but losing none of its energy and wisdom, the clapping beat continues and just to reach the pinnacle of the songs oddity, transitions into an applause of sorts.
'The Mouth Of Sky' is another potential shadowing of Phil's efforts to shock in 'Pre Human Ideas' with Nick Krgovich's relatively signature digital vocoding. The piece is a version of 'the Mouth Of Sky', which appears as the seventh track on 2009's 'Wind's Poem' composed of, again, stark midi strings, very different to the general mood of 'Winds Poem's metal-influenced, folk meanderings and sounds more suited to the droney 'Clear Moon' released in 2012. All that can really be said about this track is that it is digitally beautiful-if you liked 'Clear Moon' and had a taste for 'Pre Human Ideas' chances are you'll feel a very special bliss from this track.
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