Phil Elverum

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Phil Elverum
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Background information
Birth name Philip Whitman Elvrum
Born (1978-05-26) May 26, 1978 (age 39)
Genres Indie rock, folk, experimental, electronic
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments vocals, guitars, bass, organ, piano, alpenhorn, drums, percussion
Associated acts The Microphones
Mount Eerie
Old Time Relijun
Geneviève Castrée

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.[1]



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)".[2] 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.[3] He currently records at a disused church in Anacortes, WA called "The Unknown".[4]

In 2004, Elverum established the label P. W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd.,[5] 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, Popol Vuh, Burzum, and Angelo Badalamenti.[6]

Other work[edit]

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.[7] 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.[8] 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'.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Elverum was married to musician and artist Geneviève Castrée until her death from pancreatic cancer on July 9, 2016.[10] The couple had one child, a daughter.[11]


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