Lost Wisdom Information

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Lost Wisdom
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 7, 2008 (2008-10-07)
Recorded Anacortes, Washington
Genre Indie folk, lo-fi
LabelP. W. Elverum & Sun
(ELV 019/38)
Mount Eerie chronology
Black Wooden Ceiling Opening
Lost Wisdom
Mount Eerie studio album chronology
"No Flashlight": Songs of the Fulfilled Night
Lost Wisdom
Julie Doiron chronology
Woke Myself Up
Lost Wisdom
I Can Wonder What You Did with Your Day
Frederick Squire chronology
Rubber Covered Painter Must Remain Inside Exit Flange to Maintain Anti-Wicking Seal
Lost Wisdom
Daniel, Fred & Julie
Limited edition album cover
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Lost Wisdom is the second studio album by Mount Eerie, with Canadian musicians Julie Doiron and Frederick Squire. It was released on October 7, 2008 on P. W. Elverum & Sun, [1] [2] less than a month before Elverum's next album under the Mount Eerie name, Dawn, was released, which featured songs from this album. A follow-up album, Lost Wisdom pt. 2, was released in 2019, without Frederick Squire.

Background and recording

Elverum considers Doiron his favorite singer, [1] and says recording with her was a "dream come true" for him. [2] She was a member of Eric's Trip, an indie noise pop band from the early 1990s, and has since recorded numerous solo albums. Elverum considers Eric's Trip his favorite band of all time, and says the band is "the reason why I got into playing music". [2] Frederick Squire is a Canadian rock singer, songwriter and guitarist. Formerly a member of Shotgun & Jaybird, he would perform under the stage name Dick Morello. [3]

The recording of the album was somewhat spontaneous. Doiron and Squire had a few days between a recent tour and an upcoming recording session in Olympia, Washington, [2] and made a surprise visit to Phil Elverum in Anacortes. [1] Initially they were just recording for fun without the pretense of recording an album. [4] Elverum eventually did ask the two to record an album, [2] the three decided to do so and quickly recorded the album.


The title track was inspired by Elverum's time spent:

Driving through northeast Oregon and Idaho alone in the middle of the night, thinking about what that Burzum song title could mean, without really even knowing the Burzum song at all. Thinking about how depressing it is that all we learn in our lives is lost and misunderstood by posterity no matter what. Also how even within our lives we quickly forget important lessons learned. [5]

The song was written while driving at night. [5] A different version of the song "With My Hands Out" appears on Mount Eerie's 2004 release Seven New Songs, and other tracks later appeared on Dawn, released on 1 November 2008. Though the versions found on Dawn are actually the original versions of those songs written in 2002 and recorded in 2008. [4] The track "Voice in Headphones" on this album reprises the chorus from Björk's song " Undo", over a different verse. [4] Elverum had previously covered Björk's " All Is Full of Love" on the 2001 Microphones album Blood.


Due to the impromptu nature of the recording session Elverum didn't intend to release the album. [4] The album was however released on October 7 on LP and CD, the vinyl version included a double-sided jumbo poster. The album was re-released in 2019 in a double CD set alongside companion album Lost Wisdom pt. 2. [6]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Metacritic82/100 [7]
Review scores
AllMusic [8]
Crawdaddy!(favorable) [9]
Dusted(favorable) [10]
Pitchfork Media8.3/10 [11]
Spectrum Culture3.5/5.0 [12]
Sputnikmusic [13]
Tiny Mix Tapes [14]
Popmatters [15]

Upon release, the album received critical acclaim. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from music critics, the album has received an average score of 82, indicating "universal acclaim", based on 8 reviews. [7]

Heather Phares of AllMusic wrote that despite the fast time to create the album "its simplicity and immediacy sound intimate instead of tossed off" she also complimented the chemistry between Elverum and Dorion writing that "He and Doiron sound completely natural yet haunting trading verses". [8]


Eric Hill of Exclaim! Included the album in a ranking of Elverum's "essential" albums.

Track listing

All tracks are written by Phil Elverum.

1."Lost Wisdom"4:14
2."Voice in Headphones"2:16
3."You Swan, Go On"1:25
5."Flaming Home"2:29
7."If We Knew..."1:37
8."With My Hands Out"1:39
9."O My Heart"3:17
10."Grave Robbers"1:47
Total length:24:34

LOST WISDOM live at Gunjyo, March 12th, 2010

LOST WISDOM live at Gunjyo, March 12th, 2010
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Live album by
Mount Eerie
ReleasedJuly 4, 2012
VenueGunjyo, Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan
GenreIndie Folk

On July 4, 2012 Tokyo based label 7e.p. released a live album of Lost Wisdom in its entirety entitled LOST WISDOM live at Gunjyo, March 12th, 2010. The album was recorded at Gunjyo, Matsumoto by Koji Saito. Mastering was done by Masaki Tada. The album was released as a bonus disc for " Clear Moon / Ocean Roar". [16]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Phil Elverum.

1."Lost Wisdom"4:10
2."Voice in Headphones"2:06
3."You Swan, Go On"1:34
5."Flaming Home"2:45
7."If We Knew..."2:11
8."With My Hands Out"2:10
9."O My Heart"3:24
10."Grave Robbers"1:29
Total length:24:56


  1. ^ a b c "Lost Wisdom" (PDF). Anacortes, Washington: P. W. Elverum & Sun. Archived from the original (pdf) on July 15, 2011. Retrieved September 17, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e Solarski, Matthew (July 16, 2008). "Mount Eerie Talks Julie Doiron Collab, Tons of Releases". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on September 13, 2008. Retrieved September 17, 2008.
  3. ^ "Julie Doiron Has the Midas Touch". chartattack.com, March 23, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d Nichols, Ryan (March 11, 2009). "Interview: Phil Elverum (The Microphones/Mount Eerie) | Beats Per Minute". beatsperminute.com. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Stosuy, Brandon (July 1, 2009). "Phil Elverum on Six of His Songs". Believer Magazine. Retrieved May 17, 2020.{{ cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status ( link)
  6. ^ "Lost Wisdom". pwelverumandsun. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Lost Wisdom". Metacritic. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  8. ^ a b Allmusic review
  9. ^ Crawdaddy! review Archived 2008-10-28 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Dusted review
  11. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  12. ^ Spectrum Culture review Archived 2010-01-02 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  14. ^ Tiny Mix Tapes review
  15. ^ "Mount Eerie with Julie Doiron & Fred Squire: Lost Wisdom".
  16. ^ "LOST WISDOM live at Gunjyo, March 12th, 2010, by Mount Eerie with Julie Doiron & Will Kidman". 7e.p. Retrieved May 18, 2020.