Last September, singer-songwriter Phil Elverum, aka Mount Eerie, debuted a new song called “Dragon” during a live performance for Ontario’s Pinball Sessions. Featuring only Elverum and his acoustic guitar, the track proved to be a moving piece of music, its strength drawn from its understated nature. Now, its studio version has been revealed and, although there are more elements in play, the song retains its sense of poignancy.
Here, Elverum is backed by female vocals, the calming hush of rainfall, and the lonesome echoes of planes flying overhead. One might think that additional components would erase the song’s somber solitude; on the contrary, this fuller rendition somehow finds the singer-songwriter sounding more isolated and mournful than before. Listen in below.
“Dragon” is off Mount Eerie’s forthcoming double album, Sauna, due out on February 3rd via Elverum’s own P. W. Elverum & Sun. For more of the LP, check out “This” and the newly released video for the title track.