The Microphones are the vision of a singular individual, Phil Elvrum. For over five years he prolifically crafted noisy pop sounds with the help of various friends and collaborators. Song Islands compiles early The Microphones singles onto one disc. Previously available only in limited quantities on 7" 45 rpm discs from such labels as Instatone, Up, , the Bedtime Record and Coming in Second, as well as a few cassette compilations on friends' labels around the globe. Some of the individuals that assist Phil on this collection are Mirah, Khaela Maricich (The Blow), Karl Blau, Calvin Johnson, Jenn Kliese and Kyle Field (Little Wings). This collection traces the development of the Microphones through material that dates from the time period of the first Microphones album Tests (Elsinor) through the epic The Glow Pt. 2.