Latest release: “Wind's Poem" (P.W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd.)
Who: Around the time that Phil Elverum dropped his Microphones moniker and rebranded himself after the peak in his hometown, the Anacortes, Wash., lo-fi songwriter abruptly moved to an isolated cabin in Norway, where he wrote music and extensively documented his neuroses in a journal. That project became "Dawn," the hauntingly beautiful third studio album/book Elverum released as Mount Eerie. Now with a fourth LP under his belt—one inspired by the dual influences of black metal and David Lynch's serial drama "Twin Peaks"—the singer is fast becoming one of the most versatile songwriters in the lo-fi idiom.
What they’re saying: “Phil’s voice still rings out like he’s sharing some mystical truth he divined while sitting by a foggy lakeside.” – Stereogum
What we’re saying: Regardless of your feelings about metal or lo-fi music, Elverum’s most recent album is a staggering achievement—not so much a departure from his previous albums as an intriguing mutation, one whose calculated, animalistic frenzy is tempered by the singer’s deliberately delicate vocals and piercing lyrics. – Lucy Mueller
Official website: http://www.pwelverumandsun.com/