Lost Wisdom Pt.2 ft. Julie Doiron, 180G Black Vinyl LP, Phil Elverum of The Microphones!
Lost Wisdom pt. 2 is the second collaborative studio album by Mount Eerie and Julie Doiron. It was released on November 8, 2019. 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.
In 2015, four months after the birth of their first child, Phil Elverum's wife, Canadian cartoonist and musician Geneviève Castrée, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She died at their home in Anacortes, Washington, on July 9, 2016. In 2018 he married actress Michelle Williams. Around the same time, Elverum moved from his longtime residence in Anacortes to Williams' home in Brooklyn. The couple separated in January 2019, and filed for divorce in April 2019.Following the split, Elverum moved back to Washington state, after having lived in New York for about nine months. By November 2019, it was reported that they were no longer married.
Recording took place between May 26 and June 1, 2019. Due to Elverum recording the album with the door open, natural sounds such as breaths, birds, jackhammering and night air are featured throughout the album. The majority of the album was written in the space of the three weeks before recording. When it came to the writing of the album 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.
The entirety of the lyrics were Elverum's creation as were a majority of the melodies. Doiron wrote all the melodies performed by her. By the time of Doiron's inclusion all the songs were nearing completion. Their collaboration was the result of touring together and years of discussion. Elverum knew that he wanted to make the record with Doiron and enlisted her help before he had created any of the songs and so quickly created first drafts before her arrival.