Last year Phil Elverum, as Mount Eerie, released A Crow Looked At Me. That album is a devastatingly simple and honest look at the grief that surrounded him after the death of his wife. Now Only is the spiritual successor to that album, and now further removed from the tragedy, Phil looks onward. He tells stories in that same spoken word singing style but adds beautiful flourishes to the music. Some of the album is even deceptively upbeat. He talks about the time they met, shares several stories of them together, and the role death has played throughout his life. He talks about the life he lives with their daughter now and the bizarreness of touring an album like A Crow Looked At Me. Although Now Only can get darker than you expect at times, Phil also moves forward with his grief and away from the painful months surrounding her death. Now Only is a captivating listen and one that won't be forgotten.
CAMP COPE - How To Socialize & Make Friends ~ Poison City Records & Run For Cover Records ~ 1st Press/Clear With Pink And Blue Splatter/300
Camp Cope is an artist I had heard good things about but had never checked out until the first single for this record was released. I had been meaning to give their debut record a listen for a while, but when "The Opener" was released, I shifted my focus towards their upcoming sophomore release rather then delving into their debut record (which I STILL need to do).
This album is a low key indie punk record that hits a plethora of social and political issues on the head, as well as tackling other concepts such as friendship and the music industry.
It's a record to spin on a rainy day curled up in bed with a cup of cocoa and a warm cat in your lap.
My favorite track on this album is the final one, titled "I've Got You". Its an extremely personal and emotional acoustic song dealing with death and loss.
This Australian trio is set to tour the USA this year with RFC labelmates Petal, so make sure you do your best to get out to a show and support these kickass girls.