Phil Elverum vie henkilökohtaisuuden uudelle tasolle – äänitti levyn kuolleen vaimonsa huoneessa

On olemassa kuolleille läheisille omistettuja lauluja, jotka saavat herkistymään. Sitten on Mount Eerien uusi kappale Real Death, joka murskaa sisälmykset.


Tämän henkilökohtaisemmaksi levyntekoa on vaikea tehdä. The Microphones -yhtyeestä tuttu Phil Elverum äänitti levyn huoneessa, jossa hänen muusikkovaimonsa Geneviève Castrée menehtyi vain 35-vuotiaana haimasyöpään viime kesänä. Loppukesästä äänitetyllä A Crow Looked At Me -albumilla Elverum myös käyttää pääasiassa vaimonsa soittimia.

Maaliskuussa julkaistavan albumin avausraita on sydäntä riipivä avautuminen kuoleman kohtaamisesta. Kappaleen avaussanat puhuvat puolestaan: “Death is real / someone’s there and then they’re not / and it’s not for singing about / it’s not for making art / When real death enters the house / all poetry is dumb”.

Real Death -kappaleen voit kuunnella tästä alta. Myös kappaleen mukana julkaistut saatesanat voit lukea kokonaisuudessaan tämän jutun lopusta. Levy julkaistaan 27. maaliskuuta.


August 31st to Dec. 6th, 2016 in the same room where Geneviève died, using mostly her instruments, her guitar, her bass, her pick, her amp, her old family accordion, writing the words on her paper, looking out the same window.
Why share this much? Why open up like this? Why tell you, stranger, about these personal moments, the devastation and the hanging love? Our little family bubble was so sacred for so long. We carefully held it behind a curtain of privacy when we’d go out and do our art and music selves, too special to share, especially in our hyper-shared imbalanced times. Then we had a baby and this barrier felt even more important. (I still don’t want to tell you our daughter’s name.) Then in May 2015 they told us Geneviève had a surprise bad cancer, advanced pancreatic, and the ground opened up. What matters now? we thought. Then on July 9th 2016 she died at home and I belonged to nobody anymore. My internal moments felt like public property. The idea that I could have a self or personal preferences or songs eroded down into an absurd old idea leftover from a more self-indulgent time before I was a hospital-driver, a caregiver, a child-raiser, a griever. I am open now, and these songs poured out quickly in the fall, watching the days grey over and watching the neighbors across the alley tear down and rebuild their house. I make these songs and put them out into the world just to multiply my voice saying that I love her. I want it known.
”Death Is Real” could be the name of this album. These cold mechanics of sickness and loss are real and inescapable, and can bring an alienating, detached sharpness. But it is not the thing I want to remember. A crow did look at me. There is an echo of Geneviève that still rings, a reminder of the love and infinity beneath all of this obliteration. That’s why.

– Phil Elverum
Dec. 11th, 2016


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