|Birth name||Philip Whitman Elvrum|
|Born||May 26, 1978|
|Genres||Indie rock, folk, experimental, electronic|
|Instruments||vocals, guitars, bass, organ, piano, alpenhorn, drums, percussion, flute|
|Associated acts||The Microphones
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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, he began to spell his surname Elvrum as "Elverum", after the Norwegian town of the same name.
Elverum is best known for having recorded and performed prolifically under the band names The Microphones (1996–2003) and Mount Eerie (2003–present). The Believer described his work as "delicately sparse or layered and noisy, often in the same song. Lyrically, he focuses on memory, first-person storytelling, myth, naturalism, the everyday as sacred, and sense of place (in and out of Washington State)". Elverum uses mostly analog recording equipment and often works in his own studio spaces, where he has the time and freedom to experiment with sounds. He currently records at a disused church in Anacortes, WA called "The Unknown".
In 2004, Elverum established 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. Prior to this, he was closely linked to K Records and the Olympia, Washington music scene, where he produced recordings by Mirah, Little Wings, Beat Happening, The Blow, and others.
Elverum is also an occasional member of the Anacortes band D+ with Karl Blau and Bret Lunsford. His musical influences include Eric's Trip, Will Oldham, Björk, Nirvana, Popol Vuh, Sunn O))), and Angelo Badalamenti.
Elverum is also known for his artwork and photography. Early in his career he produced limited-run fanzines and song booklets which would be sold during Microphones tours. Since establishing P.W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd., he began to experiment with letterpress printing and other elaborate packaging ideas for his releases. In 2007, he published a hardcover book of film photography with 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 2005, Elverum created a 365-day comic calendar titled Fancy People Adventures, which was later syndicated by music website Tiny Mix Tapes. In late 2008 Buenaventura Press published Dawn, a book and CD of journal entries and songs 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 Mount Eerie song 'The Place Lives'.
Elverum married Canadian artist and musician Geneviève Castrée in 2003 shortly after meeting her. The two dated long-distance briefly before Geneviève moved to Washington to live with Phil. She recorded under the names Woelv and Ô Paon. Besides occasionally singing on each other's records and playing in one another's backing bands live, the couple did not collaborate artistically. The two did not want either of their artistic outputs to interfere with the other's so they kept relatively quiet about their marriage. Occasionally one would mention that he or she was married, but not say who they were married to. In 2015, Geneviève was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer following the birth of the couple's first child. After running out of funds to pay for Geneviève's cancer treatments the two turned to the world and asked for their support through way of a GoFundMe page; an unexpected decision from the usually reclusive couple. On July 9, 2016, Geneviève died in the company of her husband and parents. The couple had one child, a daughter.
- Pitchfork – Interviews: Microphones
- Stosuy, Brandon. "Interview with Phil Elverum". The Believer. The Believer. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
- 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
- Bangback.com (via Web Archive) – Phil Elverum: Print pioneer of the Pacific Northwest
- Tiny Mix Tapes – Fancy People Adventures
- Pitchfork – Video: Mount Eerie – The Place Lives
- "Phil Elverum Seeks Donations for Wife's Cancer Treatment | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
- "Geneviève Elverum Has Died | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
- "Geneviève Castrée, Artist Married to Phil Elverum, Has Died". Spin. 2016-07-10. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
- Monroe, Jazz. "Phil Elverum Seeks Donations for Wife's Cancer Treatment". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 10 July 2016.