After Phil Elverum's wife Geneviève Castrée died in 2016 he recorded a heartbreaking album called 'A Crow Looked At Me', which is streaming now.
We have labelled A Crow Looked At Me with our editor's choice badge, which means we totally dig the record. Make sure you listen to it at least once. A Crow Looked At Me will be released on 24 March 2017. Stream it courtesy of NPR. Also check out our Mount Eerie artist profile to find eventual tour dates in your area and links to the official web and social media pages of Mount Eerie. Last but not least make sure you scroll down and check out reviews for "A Crow Looked At Me".
And if you like what you hear, get it over at iTunes or Amazon.
1. Real Death
4. Forest Fire
6. My Chasm
7. When I Take Out The Garbage At Night
8. Emptiness pt. 2
10. Soria Moria
We currently know 15 reviews for "A Crow Looked At Me" by Mount Eerie. The album is highly acclaimed by critics and a must-listen for every fan of the genre.
"Phil presents his thoughts here with stunning candor, using just a laptop and a microphone to capture his characteristically amorphous guitar lines and thin yet comforting balm of a voice."
Tiny Mix Tapes
"Well, Elverum clearly needed to vent this stuff and to share it with the wider world and you’re unlikely to find a more powerfully eulogistic record released this year. Arguably ever."
Drowned In Sound
"A Crow Looked at Me is a masterpiece in the manner of A Grief Observed and “She Will Find What is Lost”. All of these works create a special communion between creator and observer, artistic experiences that join individual circumstances of loss with whatever the listener/reader/viewer brings to the work."
"They are beautifully and simply arranged, but it is not an entertaining album to listen to in any conventional sense, nor can it be shaken off easily. It is, however, the kind of album that makes all others seem frivolous while you’re hearing it."
"Pain is the crux of Elverum’s career, and without resorting to any of his brutally stark instrumentation, he offers his most sobering full-length to date, and likely of all time."
The A.V. Club
"A Crow Looked at Me stands as a remarkable example of the restorative power of music, an intimate display of love, daring both in concept and execution."
Consequence of Sound
"So simple, so tactile, so deceptively real are these songs. Their cumulative effect is that they become wobbly with metaphor, forcing the listener into the kind of magical thinking that transforms everything in the living world into a sign of the dead, only to snap back into a reality that for better and worse means nothing."
"It may not be one you play often, but it's also one you will never forget. It's omnipresent. Words fail."
"A Crow Looked at Me is what all art should aspire to be: honest, affecting, and unforgettable."
"There is sad music, which is to say music that deploys lyrical or musical motifs meant to connote misery. And then there is this album, which mostly exists in a space beyond those concerns. It is an album because a musician made it and it is broken up into songs, but it is also a diary, a balled-up tissue, found art."
The New York Times
"This record possesses immense power to make listeners reflect on their own relationships and mortality."
"For anyone who was ever remotely interested in Mount Eerie or the Microphones, A Crow Looked at Me is a must-listen. But it feels made for a very specific time and place, and the subject matter is tough to stomach and tougher to shake."
Pretty Much Amazing
"A Crow Looked At Me is an unsettling, awkward listen and it might (probably will) make you cry. It’s also a tribute to an amazing 13-year love story (the penultimate song Soria Moria encompasses Elverum’s childhood longing, how he met Castrée and their instant connection) and may turn out to be one of the strongest albums of the year."
"As cathartic as the creation of A Crow Looked at Me might have been for this artist, we're obviously meeting him early in the soul-testing climb of this story's arc."
Under The Radar
"It illuminates very real, very constricting emotions that you know you’ll have to either deal with in true form, or kindle within someone you love upon your own passing."
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