Mount Eerie Album

The Microphones

About Mount Eerie

Mount Eerie is the fourth and final studio album from the band The Microphones. Microphones frontman Phil Elvrum began work on the album after a long tour of Europe and North America. Released by K Records in 2003, the album is named after the mountain on Fidalgo Island where Elvrum spent much of his childhood. Elvrum would later use the same name for his next musical project, and release a follow-up EP to the original album in 2007. Fans, critics, and Elvrum himself often consider the album to be one of his most ambitious releases both musically and conceptually. The music and words found on the album are heavily referential to books, poems, and even other songs by popular artists and Elvrum's friends' music alike. A booklet entitled 'Headwaters' was released some time after the album's first pressing that went into exhaustive detail describing almost every single lyric's meaning and origin. Headwaters's publishing was limited to one run due to its inclusion of a MiniDisc containing every song that Elvrum was influenced by or referenced on the album, running afoul of music copyright law. The disc included songs by Neil Young, Dinosaur Jr., Julie Doiron, and Little Wings, amongst others. Despite the album's referential nature, the end product is still widely seen as an imaginative and exploratory work that pushed many boundaries regarding what was normal for indie rock at the time. 


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