PHIL ELVERUM

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The Mi­cro­phones

The Glow Pt. 2 (K RECORDS, 2001) Si­mul­ta­ne­ously in­ti­mate and ex­pan­sive, this is the record that brought Elverum to the at­ten­tion of mu­sic fans out­side the Pa­cific North­west and, via the many nat­u­ral sounds he in­cor­po­rates into the record­ings, the Pa­cific North­west to mu­sic fans. A land­mark in DIY record­ing in the ana­logue era,

The Glow Pt. 2’ s rep­u­ta­tion has nev­er­the­less per­sisted be­cause of Elverum’s abil­ity to blend in­ti­macy with sharp songcraft.

Mount Eerie

Wind’s Poem (P.W. ELVERUM & SUN, 2009)

In­spired by the all-en­com­pass­ing ex­tremity of black metal,

Wind’s Poem finds Elverum push­ing Mount Eerie’s sound to both its loud, ex­pan­sive and quiet, small ex­tremes. Much of Elverum’s ma­te­rial has an un­fin­ished qual­ity to it, but here he per­haps comes the clos­est to what many would con­sider a com­plete and pol­ished set of record­ings.

Mount Eerie

A Crow Looked at Me (P.W. ELVERUM AND SUN, 2017)

Recorded at home with a sin­gle mic in the wake of his wife’s death, A Crow Looked at Me con­fronts mor­tal­ity head-on in stripped-down, plain­spo­ken man­ner rarely seen or heard. As beau­ti­ful as it is heart­break­ing, the record rightly won Elverum some of the best re­views of his ca­reer.

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