The Microphones: The Glow. Pt.2

r-PHIL-ELVERUM-large570An afternoon spent listening to new music can be a bit of a slog, but finding one decent album can make it all worth it, as is the case with The Microphones, The Glow, Pt. 2. I was pretty excited to be listening to the album after a few minutes, because it was so different from everything I had previously listened to that afternoon, which had consisted of some dreadful knock offs of famous southern rock bands and another batch of bands that might have been good live, but just didn’t translate well onto an album. My excitement momentarily turned to sadness, because The Microphones are not a new band, and The Glow, Pt. 2 is not a new album. Originally released in 2001, apparently to rave reviews, it went out of print, came back into print in 2007, and is now being re-issued by singer and sole permanent member of the band, Phil Elverum. Despite it being a reissue, I can’t recommend this album enough, what with its timeless sound, Elverum’s peaceful yet haunting voice and lyrics, and the general calming effect the music had on me. For some reason I find this music is probably really great driving around to, or if not driving around to, perhaps stuck in traffic to. It gives the mind a thousand yard stare feeling and just lets you relax, in the sort of way that’s not, “hey-I’m-happy-and-relaxing”, but “I’m-gonna-space-out-and-think-about-my-place-in-the-universe” kind of way. If you’re into that sort of thing. Anyway, this band and album is new to me, even though it is a few years old I cannot recommend it more highly. The Microphones, The Glow, Pt. 2″, is being rereleased July 9th, “definitively here with the scraps trimmed away, the artwork made perfect, the music pristinely raw, the jackets substantially made, filled with words and pictures; a possession worth keeping.”

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