It’s hard to tell if Phil Elvrum, in his Mount Eerie guise, is sketching his inner universe or the vast one outside of it. The songs on Clear Moon bear faint traces of folk and black metal, with the latter sowing a messianic quality in Elvrum’s otherwise lilting voice. By the record’s end, you’ll find it ventures to the yawning, cavernous end of hope, a point at which emotion gives way to dispassion, and human warmth to cosmic chill.
Am still undecided if I prefer this or his previous release, the grim, Burzum-esque Wind’s Poem.
This is “House Shape”, the lead single off Clear Moon. The album is one-half of a double LP; the second part will be released by year’s end.