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The Microphones Returns With First Album in 17 Years

The Microphones

Phil Elverum has been more recently associated with Mount Erie. However, his previous musical project, the Microphones, has been revived and will be releasing its first new album in 17 years.

Buzz around the Microphones’ return started when Elverum performed the first Microphones show since 2003 last year. But it looks like he’s ready to drop more music under the moniker.

Entitled Microphones in 2020, the record won’t be a collection of tracks. Instead, it will be “made entirely of one, 44-minute song,” which he worked on between May 2019 and May 2020.

“I used to call my recordings a different name. A small clump of albums from 1997-2002 were called ‘the Microphones,’ including some popular ones,” Elverum said in a statement. “But the essence of this project has never really changed: me exploring autobiographically in sound and words with occasional loose participation from friends. The name it has been called has never mattered much to me.”

He also shared a teaser to the record, which you can listen to below.

Prior to its release, the Microphones will share a short film on Aug. 6 at 1 pm EST/10 am PST that will compliment the new LP, which is some type of lyric video slideshow. You will be able to watch it here.

Microphones in 2020 will release on Aug. 7 via his label, P.W. Elverum & Sun. And you can preorder it here.