Lost Wisdom pt. 2

Lost Wisdom pt.2 album cover mount eerie.jpg

Lost Wisdom pt. 2 is the tenth studio album by Mount Eerie, twelve studio album by Julie Doiron and second collaborative album between them. It was released on November 8, 2019.[1] Like the previous two Mount Eerie albums it concerns the death of Geneviève Castrée, the first wife of Mount Eerie's principal member Phil Elverum, as well as his recent divorce from Michelle Williams. The album is a sequel to the 2008 collaborative album Lost Wisdom.

Recording and release

Recording took place between May 26 and June 1, 2019.[2] Phil Elverum was quoted as saying "I hoped to write songs about the smouldering foundation beneath all of this surface chaos, a love that doesn't die, songs beyond mere sorrow. If I again mined the circumstances of my life for these words, I tried to do it with liberation in mind for everyone. I tried to make songs that did not rely at all on who I am or who I am singing about."[1]

Two singles were released ahead of the album. "Love Without Possession" was released on September 25, 2019, with Pitchfork writing that "it is a calm, clear-eyed meditation on love as a word, a mythology, and a natural event with the power to devastate and heal".[3] The second single "Belief pt. 2" was released on October 22, 2019. In a press statement, Phil Elverum was quoted as saying "'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."[4]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
The Guardian3/5 stars[6]
NME3/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[9]
The 4058/10[11]

Lost Wisdom Pt. 2 received generally positive reviews upon release. Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from music critics, the album has received an average score of 73, indicating "Generally favourable reviews"

Track listing

All tracks are written by Phil Elverum.

2."When I Walk Out of the Museum"2:53
3."Enduring the Waves"2:50
4."Love Without Possession"4:33
5."Real Lost Wisdom"4:08
7."Pink Light"1:58
8."Belief pt. 2"4:43
Total length:31:30


  • Phil Elverum – songwriting, vocals
  • Julie Doiron – vocals


  • Rin-san Jeff Miller – photograph
  • Nicholas Wilbum – digital mastering
  • John Golden – vinyl mastering
  • Stoughton Printing – jackets
  • Cascade – vinyl pressing


  1. ^ a b Strauss, Matthew (September 25, 2019). "Mount Eerie and Julie Doiron Announce New Album Lost Wisdom pt. 2, Share Song: Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  2. ^ "Lost Wisdom pt. 2". Bandcamp. September 25, 2019. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  3. ^ Sodomsky, Sam (September 25, 2019). "Mount Eerie Julie Doiron "Love Without Possession"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  4. ^ Bloom, Madison (October 22, 2019). "Listen to Mount Eerie and Julie Doiron's New Song 'Belief pt. 2'". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  5. ^ "LOST WISDOM PT. 2". Metacritic. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  6. ^ Snapes, Laura (November 8, 2019). "Mount Eerie with Julie Doiron: Lost Wisdom Pt 2 review – stark and heartbroken". The Guardian. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  7. ^ Clarke, Peter (November 6, 2019). "Mount Eerie with Julie Doiron – 'Lost Wisdom Pt. 2' review – warm nostalgia and stinging regret". NME. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  8. ^ Todd, Harry (November 8, 2019). "Mount Eerie & Julie Doiron Search for Closure on Lost Wisdom, Pt. 2". Paste. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  9. ^ Bernstein, Jonathan (November 12, 2019). "Mount Eerie Return with the Delicately Powerful 'Lost Wisdom Pt. 2'". Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  10. ^ Hill, Eric (November 12, 2019). "Mount Eerie with Julie Doiron Lost Wisdom 2". Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  11. ^ Kohner, Kyle (November 11, 2019). "Review: Mount Eerie teams up with Julie Doiron to pick over the bones of his marriage to Michelle Williams on Lost Wisdom pt. 2". Retrieved November 12, 2019.

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