MP3 Takeaway: Phantogram – Don’t Move


“Street beat, psych pop”
That’s how the Phantogram duo of Josh Carter (vocals, guitars) and Sarah Barthel (vocals, keyboards), describe their music which sits somewhere between the breathy sassy sounds of Warpaint and the electro-musings of M83 or Washed Out.
Named after an optical illusion and hailing from Saratoga Springs NY, they bring a distinctive hand-crafted, almost hip-hop vibe which works well with Sarah’s atmospheric vocals.

They’ve played and toured with acts such as Beach House, Metric, Caribou, Zero 7, The xx, Ra Ra Riot, School of Seven Bells and Yeasayer, to give a sample of the kind of musical company they keep, although influences range from David Bowie, The Beatles and Yes, to Cocteau Twins, The Flaming Lips and Madlib.

Don’t Move is taken from their latest EP Nightlife, to be released 1st November 2011.

Albums: Eyelid Movies (2010)

EPs: Phantogram EP (2009), Running From the Cops EP (2009), Nightlife EP (2011)

Singles: “Mouthful of Diamonds” (2009), “When I’m Small” (2009), “As Far As I Can See” (2011), “Don’t Move” (2011)