- Audio CD (September 22, 2009)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Indie Europe/Zoom
- ASIN: B002BFO06W
- Average Customer Review: 107 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,639,144 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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PHANTOGRAM is the duo comprised of SARAH D. BARTHEL and JOSHUA M. CARTER of Saratoga Springs, NY. Their music can be described as a culmination of unique street beat rhythms, spaced-out synths, swirling guitars, with the combined textures of technology and organic origin. PHANTOGRAM's music sounds like it's made by a band from the city. Electronic loops, hip-hop beats, shoegaze, soul, pop - each finds its way into their songs. Unexpectedly, the band doesn't live and work in a major urban center, but rather calls the town of Saratoga Springs, NY home (population 26,186). Despite the cultural influence of local Skidmore College (where fellow RATATAT formed) and a relatively small scene of adventurous musicians and listeners, Saratoga isn't exactly teeming with fans of J. DILLA, MY BLOODY VALENTINE or SERGE GAINSBOURG...except for Phantogram! PHANTOGRAM's debut album release brings you a fresh new sound of electronic influenced rock. All tracks have been written, composed, performed and engineered by Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter themselves.
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Update: I saw Phantogram during their Fall 2010 tour. They put on a great show. Surprises: Sarah has some truly epic dance moves, and they incorporated a live drummer (Tim Oakley) who was an excellent addition. They were also very nice at their merch booth. I highly suggest catching a show.
Love the synth, sampling & various effects on this debut effort. Sarah Barthel has an ethereal quality to her voice yet can also express emotion quite effectively. Joshua Carter adds some nice contrasting vocals. His guitar work provides texture that is both interesting and complementary. The drum beats really add propulsion to some selections.
I thought the chorus in several songs got a bit repetitive. I'm also disappointed "Make A Fist" wasn't included.
All in all, this is a serious and exciting effort by musicians who enjoy their craft.