The Microphones
The Glow Pt. 2


5.0
classic

Review

by taxidermist USER (16 Reviews)
April 4th, 2013 | 27 replies | 1,565 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I recalled my fire and my lack of dawn. My one sided warmth. I just wanted more, but I'm small. I'm not a planet at all. I'm small, I'm small, we are all.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

Phil Elverum is a man who needs no introduction. Before his current project Mount Eerie, he went under the moniker The Microphones. Under The Microphones Elverum released a lot of albums –though, despite his plethora of releases, it was 2001′s The Glow Pt. 2 that managed to become Elverum’s finest achievement. The release is a sixty-six minute lo-fi indie-rock/folk epic that has been praised highly, talked about frequently for many years and has made countless Best of 2000′s lists. The album per se is truly an immersive experience, while at the same time a hard pill to swallow. Taking it all in during the first listen has proven a challenging, but is a rewarding experience for listeners. I personally had a ‘difficult’ time digesting The Glow Pt. 2, but in the end it was worth it.

I remember putting off listening The Glow Pt. 2 for what seemed like a lifetime. At the time, I was obsessed with Neutral Milk Hotel’s ‘In the Aeroplane Over the Sea,' and I couldn’t get over it. I was in love with the album. The Glow Pt. 2 was recommended to me a couple of more times until I finally caved and listened to it. On my first listen through the whole album, I didn’t understand it. It didn’t click instantly with me the way I thought that it would. I later developed the opinion that it was good, and left it at that. It wasn’t until I took a camping trip in October of 2012 that I truly found out what a masterpiece it was. On my way toward the mountains, all I did was listen to my iPod. The whole way there I listened to Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s F#A#∞ on repeat. The sight of civilization miles away made me feel isolated, and the whole time I found myself listening to albums with tons of atmosphere that made me feel like I was all alone.

That night at the campfire, we heated up our canned food and had ourselves a good time. We talked, drank and listened to music. Once our fire went out, we all decided it was time to go to sleep. In the semi-drunken state I was in, I managed to go to sleep on the cold floor for a good three hours. I woke up in the middle of the night, greeted by the freezing cold. Unable to go to sleep, I reached for my iPod. I scrolled through until I came across The Microphones. I glanced at the name for a second and thought to myself, ‘why not?’ It was then that the album finally revealed itself to me. I Want the Wind to Blow started playing and its subtlety welcomed me with open arms. I gazed at the stars through the small window in the tent. I took it all in for a moment and thought, ‘damn this is good.’ Then like a bombshell, the title track The Glow Pt.2 started playing. Starting off with a beautifully distorted, fuzzy mess, the track drew me in further. Elverum’s poetic lyrics grabbed me instantaneously and track after track I found myself loving the album more and more. It was definitely a grower, and an hour later I started it from the beginning, before deciding to take a nap.

When I woke up, the alienating dissonance of My Warm Blood was playing. I looked to the stars again and let the rest of the song take me. I went through it once more before my day started again. The next day was tiring as hell. There was a lot of hiking involved. We saw beautiful landscapes and some deer along the way. The only part of the experience that I dreaded about the night was the cold. That aside, I went through the same procedure that night. I listened to the album again and I loved it even more. Elverum’s vocals, the fuzzy instruments, the distortion, the acoustic guitars, the organs, the pianos, all of it. They drew me in. The worst part of the trip was my iPod dying on me. I believe that it was from listening to too much music. I find it funny that The Glow Pt. 2 came to me at the time that it did, while I was camping. Elverum himself stated that The Glow Pt. 2 is an album that was meant for this type of situation. ”On this album I was trying to go for a theme of fire. Like big fires, campfires, camping, the focal point that fire can be. Yeah, it’s a fire themed album…”

By the time that I left the mountain after that weekend, my connection with The Glow Pt. 2 had gotten ten times stronger. I understood the album, its beautifully arranged instruments, and its poetic lyrics. They all resonated with me on a completely different level. I had fallen in love with the record. To this day, The Glow Pt. 2 still plays through my ear-buds and brings back memories of that great weekend. The trip was an experience, and so was listening to The Glow Pt. 2 that weekend, in its own special way. The lyrics on the album are a masterpiece. The album flows well together and as a whole is perfect. Though the album can be ‘weird’ at times, it never falls off track or loses any of its lure. The Microphones’ definitive album isn’t one to be ignored. It demands to be heard because to this day it is still regarded as one of lo-fi indie-rock’s crowing achievement’s.

“Oh, it’s dark, the sun went down, the power’s still out. Oh, it’s cold, my blood barely flows. Oh, I’m alone, except for the sound of insects flying. Around they know my red blood is warm still…”



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taxidermist
April 4th 2013



7203 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Originally posted at http://mediasnobs.com/music-review/microphones-glow-pt-2/

Thanks for reading if you did.

Jash
April 4th 2013



4244 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I really like this review, some people might hate for the personal level this is written in but I love reviews like that. This album has always been so special to me since I was introduced to it by a friend in highschool, I remember him saying it was so intense that at times he actually had to turn it off and couldn't complete the full listen and at the time I was all wtf are you going on about, but then I realized the sheer emotional strength this album has behind it. I was lucky enough to chat with Phil at a Mount Eerie show held in a small basement in my small town, by far one of the weirdest and most awkward people I've ever met, but he signed my vinyl copy of this album so yay

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
April 4th 2013



23807 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you're definitely getting better as a reviewer man, good piece of writing

i should love this album way more than i do, i need to revisit it



Jash
April 4th 2013



4244 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah Aids wtf, I've always been so confused as to why you don't dig this as much as the rest of us

GET ON OUR LEVEL

Ire
April 4th 2013



41754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet album but idk doesn't touch yeerie

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2013



4415 Comments


"I really like this review, some people might hate for the personal level this is written in but I love reviews like that."

- I agree there. Really good review, man. I haven't heard these guys yet though, and maybe I should give them a try soon. Anyway, POS'd.

Digging: Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 4th 2013



50142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah

Digging: Tiny Moving Parts - Pleasant Living

Ire
April 4th 2013



41754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice digs

JumpTheF**kUp
April 4th 2013



2710 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album warms me up on those cold lonely nights (read: every night)

Ire
April 4th 2013



41754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

aw

taxidermist
April 4th 2013



7203 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks for the props, Aids, Hernan, and Jash.

I'd say give this more listens, Aids. It's amazing once it clicks.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
April 4th 2013



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

love this record

taxidermist
April 4th 2013



7203 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I have like over 200 plays on my last.fm since Tuesday. It's one of those albums that you can go back to at any given time and still love the shit out of.

NeroCorleone80
April 4th 2013



28838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is great

Digging: Howlin Wolf - Howlin' Wolf/Moanin' in the Moonlight

YankeeDudel
April 4th 2013



9311 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

well duh silly billy

Digging: Soundtrack - Heavy Metal

kingsoby1
Emeritus
April 4th 2013



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

copped on vinyl a couple months back, as with all elverum releases it's a beautiful package

Jash
April 4th 2013



4244 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Mine was beautiful until he signed it aka wrote his name in obnoxiously large letters on the front

Jash
April 4th 2013



4244 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I was being sarcastic potsy

taxidermist
April 4th 2013



7203 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@Jash lol

I'd like to have this on vinyl.

jtswope
April 4th 2013



2088 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love. This. Album.



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