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Can a band working in relative isolation craft music that resonates with listeners around the world? Can that band and its music evolve and connect with an ever-widening audience without sacrificing quality or compromising integrity?

When the band in question is Phantogram, the answer to both is unequivocally "yes." And Voices provides indisputable proof. The New York ... Read more in Amazon's Phantogram Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Barsuk
  • ASIN: B005STGK8Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,533 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 16 Years
2. Don't Move
3. Turning into Stone
4. Make a Fist
5. Nightlife
6. A Dark Tunel

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Electronic rock duo Phantogram came out of nowhere in early 2010 with the release of their debut album Eyelid Movies (Barsuk), which was lauded by both underground and mainstream press from Pitchfork to Alternative Press, SPIN to NPR. In the whirlwind year and a half following the album's release, Phantogram (along with touring drummer Tim Oakley) have been on the road almost constantly, building a well-deserved reputation as a tremendous live band. After finally making some time to finish and master a batch of new songs the band is supremely excited to release a new mini-LP Nightlife--six new tracks--released as the band goes back out on a year-capping headline tour.

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They're a great duo with a fresh, unique sound.
Desiree Chavers
I was fortunate enough to see them live last weekend in Birmingham, AL, and they were amazing.
Michael B.
They just know how to make great music, what more can I say about this amazing group.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 30, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Phantogram is the NY-based duo of Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel, bringing outstanding trip-hop electronica music (not unlike, say, latter day Portishead). The band released its debut album "Eyelid Movies" in 2010, an immediately classic-sounding collection that was one of the top 3 albums of the year for me. Now comes eagerly awaited new material, in the form of this EP.

"Nightlife" (6 tracks; 27 min.) starts off with arguable the weakest track on here, the tentative "16 years" which really goes nowhere. Things get much better with "Don't Move". The first half of this collection closes with an alright sounding "Turning Into Stone" (only one of two songs on here where Josh Carter takes lead vocals, all the others are Sarah-fronted, one of the big evolutions since "Eyelid Movies"). I rate the first half 3.5 stars. The second half starts of with the fantastic "Make a Fist" (with underlying drums reminding me of "Turn It Off" from "Eyelid Movies"). It is my favorite track on here. The title track starts off deceptively with delicate acoustic guitar sounds, only to evolve into a slowburner. The last track is "A Dark Tunnel", which would've fitted nicely onto "Eyelid Movies". I rate the second half of this EP 4.5 stars.

In all, this is a solid EP while we await the band's second studio album, and as such a welcome addition to Phantogram's catalog. But hurry up already and get us that second studio album sonner rather than later! I've seen Phantogram live twice earlier this summer, once here in Cincinnati and then again at Lollapalooza, and live the band brings just a massive sound by adding a live drummer and guitarist. Not to be missed if you have a chance to catch them in concert. Meanwhile I'm enjoying "Nightlife" quite a bit.

Tracklisting:
1. 16 Years
2. Don't Move
3. Turning Into Stone
4. Make a Fist
5. Nightlife
6. A Dark Tunnel
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tarte on November 22, 2011
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Boy Girl Duo from NY releases a little teaser to wet our appetites. Stylistic it follows what they did in their debut, which was in and of itself amazing. My favorite from the group is Don't Move, infectious, poppy goodness. Nightlife and 16 years are more mellow, low key songs perfect for showcasing Sarah's beautiful voice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Desiree Chavers on June 5, 2013
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I really love Phatogram! They're a great duo with a fresh, unique sound. I have recommended Phantogram to people, even if they don't like Indie/Alternative/Electronic, and they still loved them. They have a very versatile sound. Grimes is said to be a better, updated version of them, but I will always love Phantogram. The album art is also beautiful and well worth the money as well as deserve the support.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 20, 2012
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I'm really enjoying Phantogram. I have been a fan of Radiohead, Portishead, Tricky, Massive Attack, and based on my enjoyment of these bands, I recommend this album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael B. on November 17, 2011
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On their new EP, Phantogram hasn't really changed their sound, so they still got that whole My Bloody Valentine/Portishead thing going, which I love still. My favorite track off this release is 16 Years. I was fortunate enough to see them live last weekend in Birmingham, AL, and they were amazing. They made extensive use of lights, fog, lasers, and on the fly vocal recording for effects and echoes. It was hard to believe such a massive wave of sound came from 3 people. It reminded me of this club in Panama City Beach called Club LaVela, which is sectioned by different areas and music, so you can wander to the rock room, the hip hop room, the dance room. The Phantogram show was like that, just all at once. Can't wait for the next full length, and the next tour.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cagey on November 2, 2011
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I'm so glad I was able to discover this band, made up of duo Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel. I heard Phantogram's catchy, unstoppable single "Don't Move" a few weeks back. That was my introduction to their six song Nightlife EP. In the interim I picked up their debut album, the impressive, trip-hoppy _Eyelid Movies_. I have both of these on constant rotation.

While the single, "Don't Move" is the stand out, with it's upbeat, poppy, infectious grooves and horn samples, I'm finding myself drawn more and more to the first and third tracks, ("16 Years" and "Turning Into Stone"), both of which could have felt at home on their debut. "16 Years" is a stunning opener, boasting a hypnotic, relentless, steady mid-gallop beat running beneath Sarah Barthel's cool, dreamy vocals. "Turning Into Stone" starts off with several bars of what almost sounds like stately British procession music before careening off into frenetic beats and Josh Carter's droning vocals which sound like he's singing from the depths of a dark, wet, lonely alley. He's then joined by Sarah on a gentle, dreamy chorus. There's a brief, quiet interlude with just Josh and piano and then the track crashes toward the last minute plus with that wonderful chorus, with Sarah's vocals sounding almost angelic. That closing outro is fantastic. I love when Carter and Barthel sing together on the same track. "Make a Fist" is another song that would have made the debut. There's an insistent, ringing guitar riff almost throughout as Sarah sings "This is the future, this is the future!..." over a maddening, jittery beat and buzzing synths. The last two "Nightlife" and "A Dark Tunnel" leave a little something to be desired. They might take some time to grow on me. The former is already beginning to offer some rewards with further listening.
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