Tuesday, March 27, 2012

House Shape

I saw Mount Eerie for the first time in (i think) late 2003 or early 2004. It was in Olympia at a venue called the Yes Yes (RIP!). The project hadn't been announced, as far as I knew. The flyers just said 'Mount Eerie' and, since that was the last Microphones album, I guessed it was the new name for The Microphones and went. There were only a handful of people there and I assume we all just kind of had gone hoping we were right. We were basically right, I guess (the project ended up having a different feel), and it was just Phil and an acoustic guitar. Not the elaborate Microphones shows I'd been having the pleasure of watching for the last few years. But it was still really great. After the show, I talked to Phil a little while he loaded up his beat up pickup truck. I think he might have been doing a little tour down the coast, I can't remember. I walked home, thinking about how brave it was for him to change his project's name at the height of its popularity. I thought to myself, "gee, he must not want a following, must just want it to be a real personal thing." Looking at it now, eight years later (!?!), I think about how I misjudged this one and how this music will attract followers just through its sheer existence. No promotion needed. That said, here's some promotion: the first single from the upcoming Clear Moon album, due out May 22nd.
Mount Eerie - "House Shape"
As a side note: I've finally come around to realizing how great Soundcloud is; especially for finding interesting experimental stuff and the weird sides of artists that don't always get weird. If you need a place to start, here's the people we follow on Soundcloud and some of our favorite tracks.

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