Monday, February 18, 2008
7) MOUNT EERIE - The Microphones (Top Extended Plays)
SCQ Rating: 80%
Where to begin with the unforgettable Mount Eerie? First off, it’s long enough to be a full-length despite its five tracks, the EP name alone would inspire Phil Elvrum to replace The Microphones as his moniker, and best of all, it’s a concept album about a boy who travels to conquer the mysterious mountain of his hometown, dies, and travels the solar system. If you think I’ve spoiled the plot, unbelievably, I’ve barely scratched the surface.
With various K Record colleagues playing the roles of several reoccurring characters, Mount Eerie feels more like a full-blown production than an afterthought EP. Hauntingly original and challenging, this is a rite of passage for both protagonist and listener.