A Crow Looked At Me – Mount Eerie
When Phil and Genevieve Elverum announced their GoFundMe to support their finances while Genevieve was going through cancer treatment, I rushed and donated money, as a little money is the least I can do for an artist than has done so much for me. To see one of my favorite musicians going through an extremely rough time was hard to see and to see that his wife passed was desolate, to say the least. Quickly, not even a year after her passing, Phil has released A Crow Looked At Me under his Mount Eerie moniker. Along with the announcement of the record, Phil wrote a note asking “Why share this much? Why open up like this?” and although the album makes the listener feel like they are looking way to close into Phil’s private and personal life, he intended this. He states that after his wife passed, his “internal moments felt like like public property” and that he made “these songs and put them out into the world just to multiply my voice saying I love her”. This celebration and deep reflection of someone’s life and subsequent passing is perfectly encapsulated in each and every one of these songs. As Phil goes through his life before and after his death, the listener feels closer to and learns more about him. The entire record is immaculately arranged, with simple acoustics and a few drum loops that add a lot of warmth to the sound. I’m going to make the review short and say that this record is an essential for 2017 and is the most personal sounding record I have ever laid ears on. Beside from some instrumental repetition, the record is raw and organic while being astoundingly creative.