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Microphones in 2020

The Microphones

Microphones in 2020

Fifth album and first in 17 years from Phil Elverum (Mount Eerie) under the name The Microphones, features one 44-minute song

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P.W. Elverum & Sun
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  1. 9.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Microphones in 2020 hits the pause button for Phil to reflect and catch his breath, and in that there’s a certain peace to be found
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  2. 9.0 |   Crack

    Building to an almost apathetically-made point about existence, ephemeral and enduring as it is, The Microphones in 2020 unspools like a western novel
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  3. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    On his first studio album under the Microphones moniker since 2003, Phil Elverum shows he has been recording the same song since he was a teenager in the mid-1990s. Microphones in 2020 might be his apex as a songwriter
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  4. 8.9 |   Paste Magazine

    Phil Elverum revisits his old project and invites us to take a closer look at the myths we tell about ourselves
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  5. 8.9 |   Beats Per Minute

    It is a monumental piece that dextrously straddles his musical epochs; it is an account of history and a document of where he is now. Ultimately, it proves that no matter what stylistic shifts, name changes, births, deaths, divorces, or whatever else may come, his river of song will flow on. There’s no end
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  6. 8.5 |   Pitchfork

    Phil Elverum resurrects his beloved Microphones alias for a 45-minute song about art-making, self-mythologizing, and the endless search for meaning
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  7. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Intimate, absorbing. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   All Music

    Though it was a year in the making, it flows effortlessly, ensuring that Elverum's audience is right there moving through time with him
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  9. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Performing a single folk song, sustained for this length of time, in lesser hands would be absurd. The Microphones get away with it
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