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Phil Elverum (born Phil Elvrum; May 23, 1978)[1][2] is an American songwriter, producer and visual artist, best known for his musical projects The Microphones and Mount Eerie. Based in Anacortes, Washington, in the mid-2000s he began to spell his surname Elvrum as "Elverum", after the Norwegian town of the same name.[3]

Phil Elverum
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Elverum in 2008
Phil Elvrum

(1978-05-23) May 23, 1978 (age 41)
Other namesMount Eerie
Geneviève Castrée
(m. 2003; died 2016)

Michelle Williams
(m. 2018; separated 2019)
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • guitars
  • bass
  • piano
  • organ
  • keyboards
  • drums
  • percussion
  • alpenhorn
Years active1999-present
    • K Records
    • P.W. Elverum & Sun
    • KNW-YR-OWN
    • Elsinor Records
    • Yoyo Records
Associated acts


Elverum is best known for having recorded and performed prolifically under the band names The Microphones (1996–2003) and Mount Eerie (2003–present). The Believer Magazine described his work as "delicately sparse or layered and noisy, often in the same song. Lyrically, he focuses on memory, first-person storytelling, myth, naturalism, the everyday as sacred, and sense of place (in and out of Washington State)".[4] Elverum uses mostly analog recording equipment and often works in his own studio spaces, where he has the time and freedom to experiment with sounds.[5] He records at a disused church in Anacortes, Washington called "The Unknown".[6]

In 2004, Elverum established the label P. W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd.,[7] through which he has released records by Mount Eerie and The Microphones, as well as The Spectacle, Thanksgiving, Woelv, Nicholas Krgovich, Key Losers and Wyrd Visions. Prior to this, he was closely linked to K Records and the Olympia, Washington music scene, where he produced recordings by Mirah, Little Wings, Beat Happening, The Blow, and others.

Elverum is also an occasional member of the Anacortes band D+ with Karl Blau and Bret Lunsford. His musical influences include Eric's Trip, Will Oldham, Björk, Nirvana, Popol Vuh, Sunn O))), and Angelo Badalamenti.[8][9]

Elverum is also known for his artwork and photography. Early in his career he produced limited-run fanzines and song booklets which would be sold during Microphones tours. Since establishing P.W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd., he began to experiment with letterpress printing and other elaborate packaging ideas for his releases.[10] In 2007, he published a hardcover book of film photography with a picture disc EP titled Mount Eerie pts. 6 & 7. This was followed in 2014 by Dust, a book of digital photography bound in stamped linen.

In 2005, Elverum created a 365-day comic calendar titled Fancy People Adventures, which was later syndicated by music website Tiny Mix Tapes.[11] In late 2008 Buenaventura Press published Dawn, a book and CD of journal entries and songs from winter 2002/03, during which Elverum lived in a remote cabin in Finnkonevika, Kjerringøy, Norway.

Elverum has also experimented with filmmaking, producing background visuals for his shows (released as a limited edition DVD entitled Fog Movies) and directing a promotional video for the 2012 Mount Eerie song 'The Place Lives'.[12]


As The MicrophonesEdit

As Mount EerieEdit

Personal lifeEdit

Elverum married Canadian artist and musician Geneviève Castrée in 2003. She recorded under the names Woelv and Ô Paon. Besides occasionally singing on each other's records and playing in one another's backing bands live, the couple did not collaborate artistically. In 2015, Castrée was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer following the birth of the couple's first child.[13] Castrée died on July 9, 2016.[14][15] The couple had one child, a daughter.[16]

Elverum married actress Michelle Williams in July 2018 in a private ceremony in the Adirondacks.[17] On April 19, 2019, People reported they had been separated since January.[18]


  1. ^ a b Gormley, Ian (November 5, 2018). "Microphones, Mount Eerie and Melancholy: The Career of Phil Elverum". Exclaim!. Archived from the original on June 8, 2019. Phil Elverum is born on May 23 in Anacortes, WA...
  2. ^ Elverum, Phil (August 31, 2014). "Biography of Phil Elverum". Archived from the original on June 8, 2019. I was born in 1978. I am from Anacortes, Washington...
  3. ^ "Microphones". Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  4. ^ Stosuy, Brandon. "Interview with Phil Elverum". Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  5. ^ Burr, Mike. "Mount Eerie: Phil Elverum Is Analog In A Digital World -". Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  6. ^ "the UNKNOWN". Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  7. ^ "P. W. Elverum & Sun". Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  8. ^ "Home - WRIR 97.3 fm - Richmond Independent Radio". WRIR. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  9. ^ "Entry Level: Phil Elverum's Inner Battle With Black Metal". Invisibleoranges.ocm. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ "Fancy People Adventures". Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  12. ^ "Video: Mount Eerie: 'The Place Lives'". Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  13. ^ "Phil Elverum Seeks Donations for Wife's Cancer Treatment". Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  14. ^ "Geneviève Elverum Has Died". Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  15. ^ "Geneviève Castrée, Artist Married to Phil Elverum, Has Died". Spin. July 10, 2016. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  16. ^ Monroe, Jazz. "Phil Elverum Seeks Donations for Wife's Cancer Treatment". Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  17. ^ "'I Never Gave Up on Love': Michelle Williams on Her Very Private Wedding and Very Public Fight for Equal Pay". Vanity Fair. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  18. ^ "Michelle Williams and Husband Phil Elverum Split After Marrying Last Summer". Retrieved April 21, 2019.

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