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Fidalgo Island is nestled near Vancouver Island, right on the border between the U.S. and Canada. Accessed by the Juan de Fuca Straight, it is part of the San Juan Islands, and is surrounded by scenic sights: the Skagit River delta to the southeast, the Olympic Peninsula in the southwest, the San Juan Archipelago and Vancouver Island to the west, volcanic Mount Baker to the north, and the Cascade Mountains stretching to the east. Although it's basically glacial till, Fidalgo Island is still dominated by the peak of Mount Erie, which erupts from the tiny isle to over 1200 feet, its summit forever looming over the Island. To Microphones songsmith Phil Elvrum, who grew up on Fidalgo, it's forever Mount Eerie, a shadowy, looming peak that served/serves as a constant reminder of mortality and one's inconsequential stature, its steep ascent from its surrounds making the Mount look like a temple pointed at heaven, an earth-made pyramid cast amidst the wind and the snow and the waves of the northwestern wilds of North America. Mount Eerie is a concept record about all of this. Not merely about a mountain, or a journey up a mountain, but of trying to determine one's place within the world by immersion in the immensity of its wilderness. Elvrum was inspired to make an album of such grand, dramatic scope by opera and Greek tragedy, no less; his narrative tale is a journey into all creation itself. As the album's protagonist scales Mount Erie/Eerie's peak, he comes face to face with the environment at essence, seeing the earth and time/space as living being(s). With five long sections marked — the Sun, Solar System, Universe, Mt. Eerie, Universe — it's obvious Elvrum is no longer just making pop music. Through membership in D+ and Old Time Relijun, and on five prior Microphones longplayers, he's made enough smart/funny/witty/melancholy indie-pop to earn pride of place in K Recs lore. Maybe he even has a sense of humor about this, as, on this record, Elvrum has Calvin Johnson play the part of the Universe — comically symbolic coming from inside such an indie-pop enclave. But this time, he's made a work of art, one that deserves to be heard outside of musical ghettos. It's a wandering travelogue that, musically, mixes freaked-out Taiko drumming with plaintive guitar-strumming, distorted drums/bass with washed-out vocal choruses, all laid liberally with sounds of the wilderness — whale-calls, snowfalls, and, oh, the wind and the rain — that help transport listeners into both the physical world of Mount Erie and the mythological world of Mount Eerie. To call it a masterpiece in a world in which a Wilco album gets called a masterpiece seems, to me, like some sort of slander. This is art scaling mountainous heights, and making the climb with it is not for the faint-hearted.


by Anthony Carew




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