There was a time in the early '00s that it felt like Phil Elevrum's destiny was to be the long-tenured, spiritual successor to Jeff Mangum that the indie community deserved. Instead, after the release of the Microphones' record Mount Eerie, Eleverum faded intentionally into the background, only popping up only to quietly release random pieces of increasingly ambitious music. This year, Eleverum is planning on releasing two albums, entitled Clear Moon and Ocean Roar.
If that weren't enough he's also got a limited edition single being released, of which only 300 copies will be pressed. The single is fronted by this excellent track called "To the Ground" which is as plaintive and beautiful as Eleverum has ever recorded, with light hand-played percussion and a wandering keyboard line that evoke the naturalistic yearning that has always been a part of Eleverum's music. Listen to "To the Ground" below, and pre-order the 7-inch, out April 10, here. [Stereogum]