Mount Eerie is the musical project of Anacortes, Washington-based songwriter and producer Phil Elverum. Elverum (formerly of The Microphones) is the principal member of the band, but has collaborated with many other musicians on his records and in live performances. Most of Mount Eerie's releases have been issued on Elverum's label P.W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd., and feature highly detailed packaging with his own artwork.[1]

Mount Eerie
Phil Elverum (Mount Eerie).jpg
Phil Elverum performing as Mount Eerie alongside Earth and Ô PAON in Leuven, Belgium in March 2012
Background information
OriginAnacortes, Washington, U.S.
  • Vocals
  • guitars
  • bass
  • piano
  • synth
  • keyboards
  • drums
Years active2003–present
LabelsP.W. Elverum & Sun
Associated acts
MembersPhil Elverum


Following the release of The Microphones' Mount Eerie album, Elverum announced that he would no longer use the Microphones moniker, opting instead to record under the name Mount Eerie, after the area in Anacortes, WA called Mount Erie. In an interview with CITR-FM's Discorder in September 2003, Elverum gave his reasons for this change: "Mount Eerie is a new project. The Microphones was completed, or at least at a good stopping point. I did it because I am ready for new things. I am new."[2] Around this time, Elverum also changed the spelling of his own surname (previously, Elvrum).[3]

Elverum at UCLA in May 2004 (shortly after switching from The Microphones to Mount Eerie).

The first Mount Eerie releases included a limited edition CD-R of new recordings (Seven New Songs of "Mount Eerie"), a 12" EP recorded live to acetate with local musicians during an Australian tour (Mount Eerie Dances with Wolves), and a live triple album released by Burnt Toast Vinyl in late 2004 (Live in Copenhagen). Elverum returned to his hometown of Anacortes after spending several years living in Olympia, WA whilst recording for K Records, and established his own label and imprint, P.W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd. The first official Mount Eerie studio album in Phil's eyes was "No Flashlight" Songs of the Fulfilled Night, released in August 2005. The original pressing featured an extremely large fold-out sleeve with extensive footnotes and explanations. Following pressings of the album feature more simple packaging with the original liner notes and poster absent.

Elverum has continued to tour and record prolifically in recent years, to considerable critical acclaim.[4] Noteworthy releases have included Mount Eerie pts. 6 & 7 (a hardcover coffee-table book of Elverum's photography, packaged with a 10" record), Lost Wisdom (recorded with Julie Doiron and Frederick Squire), and Wind's Poem (a black metal-influenced double-album, recorded with Nicholas Krgovich). In 2012, Elverum released two albums, Clear Moon and Ocean Roar, and was chosen to perform at Jeff Mangum's All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Minehead, England.[5] A new Mount Eerie double-album entitled Sauna was released on February 2, 2015.[6]

In January 2017, the song "Real Death" was released from the forthcoming album A Crow Looked at Me.[7] A second single, "Ravens," was released on February 15.[8] On March 24, A Crow Looked at Me was released to high critical praise. Exclaim!'s Alex Hudson scored the album a 9 out of 10, calling the record an "emotionally nuanced meditation on death that is both heartbreaking and hopeful."

January 2018, the album Now Only was announced along with the release of the album track "Distortion". A press release indicated that the album was written in 2017 shortly following the death of Geneviève Castrée, Phil's wife. The album was officially released March 16, 2018 to positive reviews, with The Atlantic describing the album as a progression from A Crow Looked At Me: "not an experience of total sadness, featuring flashes of irony, hope, and love".[9]

After touring North America in the summer of 2017, Elverum played songs from A Crow Looked At Me across Europe and Australasia.[10][11] The second of these shows became (after), a live recording eventually released in September 2018 and was well received by Pitchfork who noted "the most striking thing about (after) is that, even after so many performances, these songs sound as raw as they did when Elverum first committed them to paper and tape".[12] On September 25, 2019, Elverum announced a sequel to his 2008 collaboration with Julie Doiron, Lost Wisdom, entitled Lost Wisdom pt. 2. it was released on November 8, 2019. Two singles were released[13] [14]


Studio albumsEdit

EPs and other albumsEdit

7" SinglesEdit

  • "2 Songs" (2005)
  • "In The World/I Love You Guys (slow)" (2005)
  • "I Whale" (2006)
  • "Prisoner of Desire/Through the Trees (excerpt)" (2008)
  • "To The Ground/The Mouth Of Sky (M.I.D.I. Strings)" (2012)
  • "Distorted Cymbals/Angelpoise Cymbals" (2012)
  • "World Heaves b/w Engel Der Luft (Popol Vuh) (version)" (2012)
  • "The Place Lives (version)/The Place I Live (version)" (2012)
  • "Clear Moon/Ocean Roar (Condensed Versions)" (2012)
  • "Emptiness (version)" (2014)


  1. ^ Elverum, Phil (August 31, 2014). "Biography of Phil Elverum". Archived from the original on October 27, 2019.
  2. ^ – The Microphones Archived 2007-03-11 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Microphones - Pitchfork". Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Mount Eerie". Metacritic. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  5. ^ "ATP curated by Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel) - All Tomorrow's Parties". All Tomorrow's Parties. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  6. ^ Claymore, Gabrielle Tully. "Mount Eerie Sauna Details". Stereogum. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  7. ^ ""Real Death" by Mount Eerie Review | Pitchfork". Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  8. ^ Gaca, Anna (2017-02-15). "New Music: Mount Eerie – "Ravens"". Retrieved 2017-02-19.
  9. ^ Kornhaber, Spencer (2018-03-14). "Phil Elverum Doesn't Want to Be the 'Saddest Musician on Earth'". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  10. ^ Hann, Michael (2017-11-14). "Mount Eerie review – truth defeats beauty on stark songs of death". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  11. ^ Stephens, Murdoch (2018-01-15). "How to listen to Mount Eerie, the saddest musician in the world". The Spinoff. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  12. ^ Reese, Nathan (October 25, 2019). "Mount Eerie(after)". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  13. ^ Strauss, Matthew (September 25, 2019). "Mount Eerie and Julie Doiron Announce New Album Lost Wisdom pt. 2, Share Song: Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  14. ^ Bloom, Maddison (October 25, 2019). "Listen to Mount Eerie and Julie Doiron's New Song "Belief pt. 2"". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 25, 2019.

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