Tomorrow, Phil Elverum releases his first album as The Microphones in 17 years, appropriately titled The Microphones in 2020. Today, Elverum premiered the album in the form of a short film, with visuals matching the continuous 45-minute, single-track recording.
Here’s what Elverum says about the record and short film in a press release: “It’s not a music video really. A short film? A not-moving picture? An unboxing of a not yet made photobook? Amateur hypnotism? I like the idea of “lyric videos”, because music videos always seem weird to me, and I like making people read the words. This is kind of a lyric video, but also a slideshow, a powerpoint presentation, a flip book. For this long autobiographical song, since there was no archival footage to use, I spent 3 weeks carefully arranging over 800 of my printed photos to sync them with the lyrics, line by line. It is a documentary, illustrated with blurs, clouds, ghosts, and the real actual people and places that are being sung about.”
Watch the short film below.