There’s a song that’s been playing in my head for over a week now. Not too long ago, I found out about New York rock‐duo Phantogram and their single. “Fall in Love.” It’s been getting a lot of radio play and for good reason. Trying to describe this group isn’t exactly easy; their combination of rock, pop and electro creates something dark and sexy. The two have their own thing going on and it’s obviously working out for them. Since independently releasing their debut album, Eyelid Movies, in 2009, Phantogram has signed with Barsuk Records and have released several EPs. If you have a soft spot for dark pop‐rock reminiscent of the 90s, then I think you’ll be drawn to Phantogram. The sweet yet strong voice of Sarah Barthel suits the music created by both herself, and fellow member Josh Carter, perfectly.
Anyone can say it’s refreshing to hear a new band that sounds like they’ve been around the block. In other words: they know what they’re doing. Phantogram has some street cred that I wasn’t even aware of. Not only did they collaborate on three songs with Big Boi on his second album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, but last year they had their song “Lights” included on the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack and were also featured on The Flaming Lips track “You Lust.” With the new album Voices being released tomorrow, big things seem to be happening for Phantogram. NPR is streaming the album for free, but if you like what you hear definitely spend a few bucks and show your support by purchasing it. I’m interested to see how Phantogram performs live, so I’ll be checking them out March 1st when they play the Mod Club in Toronto.
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