Behind a wall of static fog lurks Mount Eerie’s album Ocean Roar.
Ocean Roar, released September 4th, is the audio equivalent of the blanket of the gloomy clouds and ocean fog that often hover over the Pacific Northwest (something that makes sense seeing as Mount Eerie hail from Washington). This is an album of atmosphere. An album that will whisk you away from mundane life and allow you to escape into a world of psychedelic majesty and rainy waves.
Ocean Roar was released as the darker counterpart to Mount Eerie’s introspective, soft-synth album Clear Moon, which was released in May. Clearly a much heavier, gloomier and – let’s just say it – weirder album than Clear Moon, this is an album that contains everything from Sunn 0)))-esque feedback, organs, literal ocean sounds, pianos and soft vocals. Ocean Roar is sure to appeal to a wide fan base that enjoys genres ranging from drone to noise to pop to classical to metal. Ocean Roar will submerge you in feedback and vibes, but is also full of a few unexpected additions to a record with such dark vibes such as the second, self-titled soft pop track.
Mount Eerie is fronted by Phil Elverum (also of The Microphones). After the release of Mount Eerie’s Wind’s Poem, Elverum spent two years establishing a new recording studio in an old de-sanctified church in Washington. Clear Moon and Ocean Roar are the first two albums to be recorded in this space, and the soft echoes of the huge wooden room are apparent. Mount Eerie has been busy for the past year, releasing albums, singles, reissues and touring the continent. This is a project that seems to be at the top of its game, with Elverum taking full advantage of his blooming creativity and the near-genius way of weaving a song. Mount Eerie is currently touring North America, and Ocean Roar is available through P.W. Elverum & Sun Records.