Blake asked for my opinions regarding Phil Elvrum’s Microphones, so here goes:
I’ve cherished the Microphones since a friend lent me their masterwork, The Glow, Pt. 2, in the summer of 2002. At their best (and they can be very spotty), the ‘phones combine classic songcraft and intricate melody with really great sounding four-track experimentation and the kind of wide-eyed prophetic lyrics that the Elephant Six bands tend to indulge in. The Microphones, however, offer songs that are tied to human tragedy–they evoke particular feelings particularly well. I offer two of my favorite songs for your listening pleasure: “Ice,” which, after a fuzzed-out intro, sounds like the lunar surface (the moon: another Microphones obsession), and “The Glow, Pt. 2,” an epic I’ve always thought would sound good played by a brass quintet.
Also recommended: “The Moon,” “I’ll Not Contain You,” “You’ll Be in the Air,” “The Pull,” and “The Glow.”
Posted by Glenn