Clear Moon is the fifth studio album by Mount Eerie, released May 22, 2012. It is the first of the two albums released by Mount Eerie in 2012.[2]

Clear Moon
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 22, 2012
RecordedOctober 3, 2010 to January 7th, 2012 at the Unknown in Anacortes, Washington[1]
GenreIndie rock, experimental
LabelP.W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd.
(ELV 025)
ProducerPhil Elverum
Mount Eerie chronology
Wind's Poem
Clear Moon
Ocean Roar

Recording and releaseEdit

Clear Moon is the first of two albums to be released by Mount Eerie in 2012.[2] Sole member Phil Elverum described Clear Moon as the lighter of the two albums.[3] The album was recorded between October 3, 2010 and January 7, 2012 in Anacortes, Washington.[1] Elvrum cited Burzum, Terry Riley and Steve Reich as influences on the album.[3]

The first track released from Clear Moon, "House Shape" was released on March 22, 2012 on SoundCloud.[4] The second track released from the album was "Lone Bell," released on April 24, 2012 on SoundCloud.[5] On May 13, 2012, the album was streamed in its entirety on NPR Music.[6]

Clear Moon / Ocean Roar (Condensed Versions)Edit

On October 17, 2012, Phil released a 7-inch single entitled "Clear Moon / Ocean Roar (Condensed Versions)". Side A consists of all the songs on Clear Moon played at once [7]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic     [9]
The A.V. ClubB[10]
No Ripcord8/10[11]
Sputnikmusic     [14]

Clear Moon received mostly positive reviews from music critics. Aggregator AnyDecentMusic? gave Clear Moon' 7.9 out of 10, based on their assessment of the critical consensus.[8]

Heather Phares of AllMusic wrote that "Elverum's meditation on the fact that life goes on within you and without you is thoughtful and thorough in a way few other songwriters could manage".[9] David Greenwald of The A.V. Club found that album was "meaningful without feeling personal." and that it was a "thunderous effort".[10] Sean Caldwell of No Ripcord wrote that "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".[11] Jayson Greene of Pitchfork wrote that "The album's sound, meanwhile has the misty-but-tactile feeling of a sense memory. Every sound echoes from side to side of the mix, and the effect isn't so much "panning" as it is a shimmering omnipresence".[12] "kingsoby1" of Sputnikmusic "The impressive thing about Clear Moon though is how truly organically rooted it is. The recording is still lo-fi, but not such that there is a lapse in quality. Elverum's recording techniques really enhance the compositions".[14]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Phil Elverum.

1."Through the Trees Pt. 2"5:50
2."the Place Lives"2:42
3."the Place I Live"5:58
5."Lone Bell"4:15
6."House Shape"4:03
7."Over Dark Water" (featuring Geneviève Castrée)3:06
9."Clear Moon"7:20
10."Yawning Sky"3:28
Total length:41:42


  1. ^ a b Clear Moon | Mount Eerie. Bandcamp. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  2. ^ a b Pelly, Jenn. Mount Eerie to Release Two New Albums This Year. Pitchfork Media. 22 February 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  3. ^ a b Stosuy, Brandon. Mount Eerie. Pitchfork Media. 17 May 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  4. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry. Mount Eerie: "House Shape". Pitchfork Media. 22 March 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  5. ^ Mount Eerie – “Lone Bell”. Stereogum. 24 April 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  6. ^ Katzif, Michael. First Listen: Mount Eerie, 'Clear Moon'. NPR Music. 13 May 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  7. ^ Coplan, Chris (November 13, 2012). "Mount Eerie's new 7″ lets you listen to Clear Moon and Ocean Roar at the same time". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Mount Eerie". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved January 12, 2020.
  9. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Clear Moon - Mount Eerie". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  10. ^ a b Greenwald, David (22 May 2012). "Mount Eerie: Clear Moon". The A.V Club. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  11. ^ a b Caldwell, Sean (25 May 2012). "Mount Eerie: Clear Moon". No Ripcord. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  12. ^ a b Greene, Jayson (22 May 2012). "Mount Eerie: Clear Moon". Pitchfork. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  13. ^ Weingarten, Christopher (22 May 2012). "Mount Eerie, 'Clear Moon'". Spin.
  14. ^ a b Youssef, Sobhi. "Mount Eerie, 'Clear Moon'". Retrieved 19 June 2012.

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