Phil Elverum is set to drop his first album as the Microphones in 17 years, Microphones in , out August 7th on P. The new album comprises one minute song and will also include an album-length short film, out August 6th. On Tuesday, June 16th, Elverum released a short teaser for the new project, which features droning music and a collection of snapshots. The name it has been called has never mattered much to me. He goes on to describe how he played a concert as the Microphones, and the excitement over the event made him consider stepping into the old moniker again. All past selves existing at once in this inferno present moment. Elverum has suffered his share of losses over the past few years. Burn your old notebooks and jump through the smoke.
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The last time I spoke with Phil Elverum was in the summer of , at his then-new home in Brooklyn, not long after the announcement of his marriage to Michelle Williams as part of a Vanity Fair cover story on the actress. I had written about him a year before, and he invited me over to say hello. When he answered the door to the gorgeous townhouse, his new wife was not around. Elverum was still wearing the same weather-beaten T-shirt he might have worn in his small Pacific Northwest hometown of Anacortes, Washington, where he had spent a couple of decades building a modest profile for himself as a maker of hushed, contemplative, and intensely autobiographical indie music. For now, he and Agathe are renting. To hear him tell it, his nine months in New York felt fleeting and unreal.
By Conor Williams. The Microphones album The Glow Pt. After 17 years, Elverum has returned to The Microphones with a new piece, simply titled The Microphones in Simultaneously a song, an album, and a supplemental lyric film that spans 45 minutes, it is an attempt by Elverum to map the genesis of his music career, and to shed these previous names that brought him recognition. The musician hopped on the phone with me in his most natural state: building a house in the middle of the woods in his home state of Washington. He spoke about the ongoing pandemic, being a single father, the beauty of Twin Peaks , and the dangers of singing about breakfast food. This is Phil Elverum in Where are you?