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|Birth name||Phil Elvrum|
|Born||May 26, 1978|
|Associated acts||The Microphones
Old Time Relijun
Phil Elverum (born Philip Whitman Elvrum May 26, 1978) is an Anacortes, Washington-based songwriter, producer and visual artist, best known for his musical projects The Microphones and Mount Eerie. In the mid-2000s, Elvrum began to spell his surname "Elverum", after the Norwegian town of the same name.
Elverum is best known for having written and recorded prolifically under the band-names The Microphones (1996-2003) and Mount Eerie (2003-present). He has also produced recordings by many artists linked to K Records and the wider Pacific Northwest music scene, including Mirah, Little Wings, Beat Happening, The Blow, and Thanksgiving. He uses mostly analog recording equipment and often works in his own studio spaces, where he has the time and freedom to experiment with sounds. Most recently, he has recorded at a disused church called "The Unknown" in Anacortes.
He currently operates the label P. W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd., through which he has released records by Mount Eerie and The Microphones, as well as The Spectacle, Thanksgiving, Woelv, Nicholas Krgovich, Key Losers and Wyrd Visions. Elverum was previously a drummer for Olympia, Washington-based band Old Time Relijun, and is also a member of the Anacortes band D+ with Karl Blau and Bret Lunsford. His musical influences include Eric's Trip, Will Oldham, Björk, Popol Vuh, Burzum, and Angelo Badalamenti.
Elverum is also known for his painting and photography, designing his own album sleeves and elaborate packaging for his releases. Early in his career he produced limited-run fanzines and song booklets which would be sold during Microphones tours. In 2005, he created a 365-day comic calendar titled Fancy People Adventures, which was later syndicated by music website Tiny Mix Tapes. Since establishing his own label and imprint P.W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd., he has begun to experiment with letterpress and different printing techniques for his releases. In 2007, he published a hardcover book of film photography and a picture disc EP titled Mount Eerie pts. 6 & 7. This was followed in 2014 by Dust, a book of digital photography bound in stamped linen. In late 2008 Buenaventura Press published Dawn, a book of journal entries and photos from winter 2002/03, during which Elverum lived in a remote cabin in Finnkonevika, Kjerringøy, Norway.
Elverum has also experimented with filmmaking, producing background visuals for his shows (released as a limited edition DVD entitled Fog Movies) and directing a promotional video for the 2012 track 'The Place Lives'.
As The Microphones
As Mount Eerie
- Pitchfork - Interviews: Microphones
- Prefix Mag - Mount Eerie: Phil Elverum is analog in a digital world
- Anacortes Unknown
- "P. W. Elverum & Sun".
- 97.3 WRIR - Cause and Effect: Two Hours of Music Picked by Phil Elverum of Mount Eerie
- Tiny Mix Tapes - Fancy People Adventures
- Bangback.com (via Web Archive) - Phil Elverum: Print pioneer of the Pacific Northwest
- Pitchfork - Video: Mount Eerie - The Place Lives
- The Microphones / Mount Eerie official K Records website
- K Records
- KNW-YR-OWN Records
- P.W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd. (Elverum's own label)
- Department of Safety
- Village Voice interview, Aug. 10 2009
- Coming in Second Records
- Up Records