The project of lo-fi mastermind Phil Elverum in the 1990s and early 2000s, the Microphones introduced his searching, deeply personal music. Though he released a small handful of albums during the project's original run, each one greatly expanded on his music's ambitions, and the ambitions of indie rock and pop by extension. As early as 1999's Don't Wake Me Up, Elverum displayed a knack for making lo-fi music that was both sophisticated and direct, sometimes heartbreakingly so. His fragile voice was the perfect counterpoint to his sprawling, intricately arranged and produced music, particularly on 2001's classic The Glow, Pt. 2. On 2003's Mount Eerie, he further expanded his confessional, free-flowing songwriting as well as the impressionistic touches of ambient, folk, and black metal that he continued to explore as Mount Eerie later in ...
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