Writer Jeremy Larson wrote about his favorite albums of 2020, giving particular details about The Microphones in 2020. “On election night, I couldn’t bear to watch live coverage of the returns, …so I laid down on my bed, put on headphones, and listened to The Microphones in 2020. Twice. It was the most comforting thing I could think of doing, to just be swept away in this foggy story of how this music that means so much to me and so much to Phil came to be. I understood finally: the acoustic strumming panned in the left and right channels during the initial seven-minute invocation is an act of hypnosis. The syncopation mirrors this tumbling backward through time, bumping against dates, people, memories, feelings, until Phil Elverum begins the story.”
Read the full essay – and see the full list, atop which the album is situated – here.