macedonia on 01/23/2010 at 12:18PM
I've been absent from posting since my year-end mix, so this will mark my first for 2010. And if there's any group that people should consider getting to know this year, I will suggest one name more than any other: Phantogram.
Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel are a pair of upstate New York kids (Saratoga Springs, to be exact) who made good in 2009, releasing their debut album Eyelid Movies on BBE Music. Equal parts shoegaze, electronic, hip-hop, rock, and pop, it was a bit of a departure for the label, but a risk that proved impossible to ignore. It quickly became my favorite album of 2009 and judging from the customer reviews in iTunes and Amazon, they are amazing live. In fact, people have said that Phantogram (as the opening act) was better than the band they actually paid to see. TEN TIMES OUT OF TEN. I fully agree with an iTunes customer suggesting that "this is what music will sound like in 2010."
Back in October of last year, Phantogram stopped by the studios of KEXP for a live session. "Mouthful of Diamonds" is the song that kicks off the album and the one that fans seem to reference most. Sarah's breathy vocals and keyboard work along with Josh's guitar playing makes for a perfect combination. A serious debt of thanks goes out to KEXP for sharing this live cut via the FMA.
In recent news, Phantogram got signed to Barsuk, which means that the domestic release of their album will be coming soon. The CD version comes out February 9th with the vinyl version being released by Ghostly International. In the meantime, you can learn more about the band through BBE's YouTube clip...