Phantogram Have Dropped a Smoking New Pop Single!
Phantogram, formerly known as Charlie Everywhere, are an American electronic rock duo from Greenwich, New York. They formed in 2007 and currently consist of vocalist and guitarist Josh Carter and vocalist and keyboardist Sarah Barthel. The band took their name from an optical illusion called a phantogram, where two-dimensional images appear to be three-dimensional.
The band describe their sound as “street beat” and “psych pop”. In a timesunion interview, Carter stated that their music has “lots of rhythms, swirling guitars, spacey keyboards, echoes, airy vocals”. He and Barthel are inspired by artists such as The Beatles, David Bowie, The Flaming Lips, John Frusciante, Yes, and Prince.
Phantogram released their first studio album, Eyelid Movies, in February 2010 to positive critical reception. They released their second studio album, Voices, in February 2014 to equally positive acclaim. Phantogram have also released four Extended Plays: Phantogram (2009), Running From the Cops (2009), Nightlife (2011), and Phantogram (2013).
On June 16th, Phantogram released a new single: “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore”. Featuring a powerfully bass beat and a pulsing drum machine, the song rocks back and forth between synth-heavy verses and dreamy pop choruses. The lyrical content is rather personal, possibly based on an internal conflict with an addicting substance. In the second verse, Barthel sings:
Runnin’ through emergency rooms
Between walls and ceiling fans
My head’s saying, “sell the fan, let’s escape
Man I am faking it the best that I can.”
It’s Cadillac, Cadillac red
No hands on the steering wheel
I’m crashing this [?] with the way I feel
The interesting thing about Phantogram is that they emphasize rock elements in their electronic music. With the rise of the technological revolution, many bands have started to deviate from traditional instruments in favor of electronic machines that produce sleeker sounds and beats. Phantogram’s primary genre is psychedelic pop, but they still accentuate the rockier elements of their tunes. Although “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” is rather poppy compared to their previous work, it still features booming beats and singalong choruses that fit right into the electronic rock scene.
If you’re interested in checking out “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore”, watch the lyric video on YouTube below. Plus, Phantogram claimed via Twitter that they’ll be playing more new music on their upcoming tour and announcing more news in the coming months. Give “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” a good listen!