Lost Wisdom pt. 2

Lost Wisdom pt. 2 is the second collaborative studio album by Mount Eerie and Julie Doiron. It was released on November 8, 2019.[1] Like the previous two Mount Eerie albums it concerns the death of Geneviève Castrée, the first wife of Mount Eerie's principal member Phil Elverum, as well as his recent divorce from Michelle Williams. The album is a sequel to the 2008 collaborative album Lost Wisdom.

Lost Wisdom pt. 2
Lost Wisdom pt.2 album cover mount eerie.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 8, 2019 (2019-11-08)
RecordedMay 26 – June 1, 2019
GenreIndie folk
LabelP.W. Elverum & Sun
ProducerPhil Elverum Nicholas Wilbum
Mount Eerie chronology
(after)
(2018)
Lost Wisdom pt. 2
(2019)
Julie Doiron chronology
Julie Doiron Canta en Español Vol. III (Acuarela)
(2018)
Lost Wisdom pt. 2
(2019)
Singles from Lost Wisdom pt. 2
  1. "Love Without Possesion"
    Released: September 25, 2019
  2. "Belief pt. 2"
    Released: October 22, 2019

Recording and ReleaseEdit

Recording took place between May 26 and June 1, 2019,[2] while the majority of the album was written in the space of the three weeks before recording.[3] Phil Elverum was quoted as saying "I hoped to write songs about the smouldering foundation beneath all of this surface chaos, a love that doesn't die, songs beyond mere sorrow. If I again mined the circumstances of my life for these words, I tried to do it with liberation in mind for everyone. I tried to make songs that did not rely at all on who I am or who I am singing about."[1]

Two singles were released ahead of the album. "Love Without Possession" was released on September 25, 2019, with Pitchfork writing that "it is a calm, clear-eyed meditation on love as a word, a mythology, and a natural event with the power to devastate and heal".[4] The second single "Belief pt. 2" was released on October 22, 2019. In a press statement, Phil Elverum was quoted as saying "'Belief pt. 2' is the last song on the album. It comes at the end of a meandering path through uncertainty, devotion, sad reminiscence, hopeful idealism; songs coursing over uneven terrain."[5]

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.9/10[6]
Metacritic79/100[7]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [8]
Consequence of SoundB+[9]
Exclaim!9/10[10]
The Guardian     [11]
NME     [12]
Paste8.2/10[13]
Pitchfork7.4/10[14]
Rolling Stone     [15]
Spectrum Culture4/5[16]
Tinymixtapes     [17]

Lost Wisdom Pt. 2 received generally positive reviews upon release. Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from music critics, the album has received an average score of 79 based on 12 critics, indicating "generally favourable reviews".[7] Aggregator AnyDecentMusic? gave Lost Wisdom pt.2 7.9 out of 10, based on their assessment of the critical consensus.[6]

Laura Snapes of The Guardian called the album "A set of disconcertingly painful songs" and that "it may be the rare album that works better on paper".[11] Patrick Clarke of NME stated that "Elverum shares a complicated and conflicted headspace with masterful simplicity, conveying a mood that sways from calmness to anxiety, from warm nostalgia to stinging regret."[12] Heather Phares of Allmusic stated that "its songs have stretched out a bit to encompass more grief and more hope. As Elverum bridges the gap between the in-the-moment confessions of A Crow Looked at Me and Now Only" [8] Matthew Neale of Consequence of Sound found that "In spite of those fleeting moments of discord, Lost Wisdom Pt. 2 is an extraordinarily rewarding listen" with particular praise to the track "Widows" stating that "“Widows” is superb, the only moment on the record when cymbals crash and guitars churn, a reminder that the Mount Eerie project is still capable of producing moments of exhilaration with the most basic building blocks" although did admit that its presence on the album was jarring.[9] In regards to the best aspect of the album, Eric Hill of Exclaim wrote that it was "how Elverum manages to merge his recent more plainspoken diary style with the elegiac and alchemical metaphors of his early voice" he also praised the exploration of the theme of love on the album.[18] Harry Todd of Paste like other writers noted how the album "harkens back to his earlier work", he also said that it "feels like a quiet revelation","which finds Elverum reckoning with a reinvigorated loneliness."[13] Grayson Haver Currin of Pitchfork described the album as "a moment of astounding grace for a world always in need of more."[14] Jonathan Bernstein of Rolling Stone wrote that "Elverum is still meditating on grief and grace with poignancy on this hyper-literal album", he also praised the chemistry of Elverum and Dorion writing that "Elverum and Doiron work together with an intimacy that conveys a lifetime of collaboration and creation"[15] Daniel Bromfield of Spectrum Culture called the album "a portrait of a mind in flux" and that "it’s a treat to hear Elverum up to his old hijinks again."[16]

The inclusion of Doiron had a generally positive reception. Heather Phares of AllMusic complimented Dorion's inclusion saying that "Doiron helps him convey how layered his loss is."[8] As did Harry Todd of Paste, stating that "Doiron comments like a Greek chorus (“The wages of dying / Is love / Like the poem says,” she sings on “Enduring The Waves,”) just as much as she sounds like a cathartic unconscious. Drifting in and out of spectral harmonizing on each of the album's eight tracks, Doiron's simmering soprano always adds impactful texture while still knowing when to let Elverum sing alone".[13] Grayson Haver Currin of Pitchfork shared similar feelings writing that "Doiron’s presence, though, is a welcome balm, warming these cold realizations and offering Elverum a steadying hand for some of the most difficult moments." Matthew Neale of Consequence of Sound on the other hand while liking her vocals in some moments also felt like her inclusion could feel "intrusive" and "frequently sound awkward and uneven"[9]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Phil Elverum.

No.TitleLength
1."Belief"7:23
2."When I Walk Out of the Museum"2:53
3."Enduring the Waves"2:50
4."Love Without Possession"4:33
5."Real Lost Wisdom"4:08
6."Widows"3:02
7."Pink Light"1:58
8."Belief pt. 2"4:43
Total length:31:30

PersonnelEdit

Production

  • Rin-san Jeff Miller – photograph
  • Nicholas Wilbum – digital mastering
  • John Golden – vinyl mastering
  • Stoughton Printing – jackets
  • Cascade – vinyl pressing

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Strauss, Matthew (September 25, 2019). "Mount Eerie and Julie Doiron Announce New Album Lost Wisdom pt. 2, Share Song: Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  2. ^ "Lost Wisdom pt. 2". Bandcamp. September 25, 2019. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  3. ^ Greene, Jayson (November 12, 2019). "Mount Eerie's Phil Elverum Starts Over, Again". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  4. ^ Sodomsky, Sam (September 25, 2019). "Mount Eerie Julie Doiron "Love Without Possession"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  5. ^ Bloom, Madison (October 22, 2019). "Listen to Mount Eerie and Julie Doiron's New Song 'Belief pt. 2'". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Mount Eerie Lost Wisdom pt. 2". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  7. ^ a b "LOST WISDOM PT. 2". Metacritic. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  8. ^ a b c Phares, Heather. "Mount Eerie – Lost Wisdom pt.2". AllMusic.
  9. ^ a b c Neale, Matthew (November 13, 2019). "Mount Eerie Leaves the Bonfire Glowing on Lost Wisdom Pt. 2". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
  10. ^ Hill, Eric (November 12, 2019). "Mount Eerie with Julie Doiron Lost Wisdom 2". Exclaim!. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  11. ^ a b Snapes, Laura (November 8, 2019). "Mount Eerie with Julie Doiron: Lost Wisdom Pt 2 review – stark and heartbroken". The Guardian. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  12. ^ a b Clarke, Peter (November 6, 2019). "Mount Eerie with Julie Doiron – 'Lost Wisdom Pt. 2' review – warm nostalgia and stinging regret". NME. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  13. ^ a b c Todd, Harry (November 8, 2019). "Mount Eerie & Julie Doiron Search for Closure on Lost Wisdom, Pt. 2". Paste. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  14. ^ a b Haver Currin, Grayson (November 13, 2019). "Mount Eerie\Julie Doiron Lost Wisdom pt. 2". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  15. ^ a b Bernstein, Jonathan (November 12, 2019). "Mount Eerie Return with the Delicately Powerful 'Lost Wisdom Pt. 2'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  16. ^ a b Bromfield, Daniel (November 13, 2019). "Mount Eerie and Julie Doiron: Lost Wisdom Pt. 2". Spectrum Culture. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  17. ^ Falisi, Frank. "Mount Eerie with Julie Doiron". Tinymixtapes. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  18. ^ Hill, Eric (November 12, 2019). "Mount Eerie with Julie Doiron Lost Wisdom 2". Exclaim!. Retrieved December 1, 2019.