Last month, we shared that Anacortes-based artist Phil Elverum would be teaming up with Canadian songstress Julie Doiron under his Mount Eerie alias for a follow-up to their 2008 collaboration Lost Wisdom. As he explained in a previous press release for the first single “Love Without Possession”:
In a grab for deeper continuity, I called and asked Julie Doiron if she could join me in the recording. She has been my favorite singer since 1993 when I first heard her band Eric’s Trip and subsequently devoted my life to music and art. This 26 year path from teenage obsession to collaborator has made me feel very fortunate. We made another record in 2008 called Lost Wisdom, more flames, more love, more turmoil. Now we get to do some more singing and playing together.
Today, they've released the track “Belief pt. 2,” another stunning, delicate track. Here's what Elverum said about the song:
“Belief pt. 2” is the last song on the album. It comes at the end of a meandering path through uncertainty, devotion, sad reminiscence, hopeful idealism; songs coursing over uneven terrain. This album conclusion is a flag planted, a declaration of belief in love no matter what, the culminating answer to all of the asking that came before. Eroded down by life’s changes to an elemental necessity, I make an offering of a final simple gesture of love.
Julie and I recorded this song at night with the doors and windows all the way open, hoping to get the nighthawks and night air onto the recording. The other songs were recorded during the day, but this song is a night song. We tried to make our version of sacred music, under stars in the high dark cool air.
Lost Wisdom, pt. 2 will be out November 8th via P.W. Elverum & Sun.
TOUR DATES (with Julie Doiron):
10/29 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater w/ Big Thief (w/o Julie Doiron)
11/30 Vancouver BC @ Christ Church Cathedral
12/01 Victoria, BC @ Alix Goolden Hall
12/03 Seattle, WA @ The Neptune
12/04 Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
12/06 Sonoma, CA @ Sebastiani Theatre
12/07 Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Temple at Hollywood Forever
12/08 Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
12/09 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
12/10 Columbus, OH @ Via Vecchia
12/11 Toronto, ON @ Great Hall
10/12 Montreal, QC @ Red Roof
12/13 Boston, MA @ Arts at the Armory
12/14 Brooklyn, NY @ St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church
12/15 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Sanctuary
12/16 Washington, DC @ Miracle Theatre
The song will appear on Lost Wisdom pt. 2, out November 8th via P.W. Elverum & Sun.
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