illustration by dave van patten The name Phil Elverum looms large in the history of turn-of-the-last-century independent music. Doggedly pursuing his own musical path since the mid 90s—as the Microphones and later Mount Eerie—Elverum distinguished himself as an innovative sonic experimentalist, able to conjure up extraordinarily deep and evocative sounds from relatively modest equipment, to say nothing of his considerable talents as a songwriter. It's not overstating things to say that the Microphones' 2001 The Glow Pt. 2 is generally considered one of the definitive independent folk releases of the genre, and its acclaim seems only to grow with time. In recent years Elverum devoted himself to his wife, the highly accomplished visual artist and musician Geneviève Elverum, and their daughter. But in 2015, shortly after giving birth, Geneviève Elverum was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and passed away in 2016. Mount Eerie's A Crow Looked at Me, released in March, is a powerful,