Phil Elverum, aka Mount Eerie, takes his time crafting records that he is proud of. He focuses on physicality, rather than catering to the needs of the digitally thirsty consumer. Mount Eerie’s latest release Sauna is a shining example of Elverum in fine form.
Sauna plays like a soundtrack to an acid trip in a barren Nordic landscape. The 10-minute long opening title track showcases deep, meditative textures that permeate the album. But Sauna is no snoozefest, with guitar-heavy tracks like “Boat” and “Planets” bringing the energy up at just the right moments.
Echoes of Pink Floyd and My Bloody Valentine layer the background, while Elverum’s effortless vocals keep the album anchored to the bedroom floor, where lyrics read like excerpts from a novel in progress. Some of the words feel contrived and whimsy. “A bright thing caught my eye / It was a pumpkin,” for example, from the song “Pumpkin.” But to be fair,
Elverum himself tweeted, “It seems like the music reviewers didn’t read the same obscure Asian hermit poetry as me maybe.”
Rating: 9 out of 12 cans of PBR!