The Microphones Announce New Album of Background Noise

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Foghorn Tape is “100% background noise” and “contains no music”

Mount Eerie
Phil Elverum aka Mount Eerie, November 2008 (Jordi Vidal/Redferns)

Phil Elverum has announced a new release under the Microphones moniker that contains no music. Foghorn Tape is “literally just the noisy fuzzed out tape loop of a ‘fog horn,’” as Elverum writes on his P. W. Elverum & Sun web store. He adds that the recording is “actually a distant pitch-bent bass that plays through-out the background of ‘the Glow pt. 2’ and other Microphones musics. Ambient noise. Blank ocean.”

Foghorn Tape is out March 5, and will be available on clear vinyl, limited to 999 copies. No digital option will be released. You can order a copy here.

Last winter, Elverum published a book of 761 photos titled Microphones in 2020 Silent Version. The accompanying album arrived in August, along with a 44-minute short film. Elverum’s previous album under the Microphones moniker was 2003’s Mount Eerie.

Read “Phil Elverum (Mount Eerie, the Microphones) on the Song He Wishes He Wrote.”



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