Don't you "top 5" me.
(photo of Phil Elvrum by Wheat Würtzburger)
At some point the inevitable top 5 lists are pried out of you by your friends and frenemies; amongst those the most feared is the "top 5 favorite albums." How can you possibly narrow it down to 5? How can you be totally honest and still impress them with your impeccable taste?
When asked that question, one of the albums that always pops into my head is The Microphone's The Glow Pt. 2. Not only is it pretty much a masterpiece, you hear something new every time you listen to it (turntable required for the full experience).
The Microphones evolved into Mount Eerie, and Phil Elv(e)rum & co.'s new effort, Wind's Poem, is now in contention to take over as Elv(e)rum's definitive work. While Wind's Poem is much less assuming than the earlier masterpiece, it's overall more cohesive than The Glow Pt. 2, and hauntingly beautiful to boot.
There's also an overt nod to Twin Peaks in the song "Between Two Mysteries," which I know is on your "top 5 television shows" list, right?
Mount Eerie — "Between Two Mysteries"
You can purchase the album directly from P.W. Elverum & Sun! Or HERE.