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 welldeserved reputation as a tremendous live band.
Founders Josh Carter (vocals, guitar, samples) and Sarah Barthel (vocals, keys,
samples) have gone from spending all their free time writing and recording music to
finding themselves with much less free time. Having replaced their previous day jobs
with new jobs touring the world and living on the road, they've had to find ways to work
steadily on new music while constantly in motion. After finally making some time to finish
and master a batch of new songs -- just in time to go back out on a year-capping
headline run next month -- the band is supremely excited to release Nightlife, a new
mini-LP that will be available at digital and physical retailers on November 1
"This new record is kind of an extension of the whole process of making and touring
behind Eyelid Movies, and it feels in a lot of ways like the completion of what we were
doing with the songs on that album," says Carter, adding that "the two [records] really go
together in our minds. Nightlife couldn't have been written anywhere other than in clubs
and hotel rooms during this experience we've been having for the last year or two."
Although the lyrical and sonic themes of the new recordings are in keeping with those of
the previous album, Barthel notes "It's just amazing how much our lives have changed in
such a short period of time, and how all that change has made us able to focus in
on what we want to be doing musically. We're really excited about these new songs --
especially playing them live -- and Nightlife has definitely pushed the energy of the band
back into that great feeling of working on making something new.
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