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The Rowdy World of Rap’s New Underground - The New York Times
The lo-fi rap that thrives on SoundCloud teems with unruly energy. Can it survive the mainstream?
hiphop  soundcloud  joncaramanica  nytimes  music 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Sound of Sadness Overwhelms and Inspires Mount Eerie - The New York Times
Think of all the tricks and stratagems we employ to hold grief at bay — the time-filling activities, the eating, the emotional jiu-jitsu. Anything to take up the space that grief craves and feeds on. Imagine none of those things were options, though.
This is what “A Crow Looked at Me,” the new Mount Eerie album, proposes, and documents, and renders in vivid, bruised grayness. Mount Eerie is the recording project of Phil Elverum, who’s been making music under this moniker for about 15 years (and before that, as the frontman of the Microphones) in the port town of Anacortes, Wash. In 2003, he married Geneviève Castrée, a cartoonist and musician. They led an intimate life full of creative production. In 2015, they had a daughter. Not long after, Ms. Castrée learned she had inoperable pancreatic cancer, and last July, Ms. Castrée died, at 35. The grief took up all the space, until it took up residence inside Mr. Elverum, and began to announce itself via songwriting. Actually, songwriting seems almost too precise a term. Mr. Elverum has always been an impressionistic lyricist, but here, the line is blurred between singing, speaking and raw emotional data dump.
mount  eerie  music  nytimes  joncaramanica  indierock  indie  phileverum 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden

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