Mount Eerie, Julie Doiron, Fred Squire – Lost Wisdom

October 10, 2008

Julie Doiron is one of my favorite singers, and as it happens, she’s also a favorite singer of Phil Elverum, who fronts Mount Eerie. Doiron and fellow Canadian musician Fred Squire paid Elverum a surprise visit in his hometown of Anacortes, Washington, Elverum eventually got around to asking them to record some of his songs, and this moody, poetic album is the result. Their sessions are presented unadorned, with background movement, shuffling and other noise intact, though tracks like “Voice In Headphones,” with its beautifully big sound, will seem to belie that. It’s a short album, ten tracks in 24 minutes, but it’s so emotionally evocative and densely packed with beautiful moments that it seems more satisfying and complete than much longer works. Standout cuts: “Lost Wisdom,” “Voice In Headphones,” “Who?” and “With My Hands Out.”


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