Phantogram in 2010
|Origin||Saratoga Springs, New York, USA|
|Genres||Hip hop, electronic, shoegaze, trip hop|
|Associated acts||Charlie Everywhere, Big Boi|
Phantogram (formerly Charlie Everywhere) is an American electronic rock duo from Saratoga Springs, New York, formed in 2007 and consisting of Josh Carter ( vocals, guitars) and Sarah Barthel (vocals, keyboards).
They write and record in a remote barn in upstate New York called Harmony Lodge. The band name was partially inspired by an optical illusion called a phantogram, in which two-dimensional images appear to be three-dimensional.
Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel were friends since junior high school. In the summer of 2007, Barthel returned home dissatisfied with pursuing a visual arts degree and Carter returned home after a brief stint in New York City with Grand Habit, an experimental band formed with his older brother, John. The two friends reunited and worked on finishing some songwriting ideas Carter made earlier and then finally formed the band. Carter and Barthel were inspired by artists like J Dilla, Madlib, Cocteau Twins, The Flaming Lips, Sonic Youth, Yes, The Beatles, David Bowie, John Frusciante, Serge Gainsbourg, Kevin Shields and Prince.
The duo was originally called Charlie Everywhere when performing around the Saratoga Springs area on the local label Sub-Bombin Records. The group signed with BBE on 26 January 2009 and changed their name to Phantogram. Their self-titled debut EP was released on 12 May 2009, followed in the same year by another EP, Running From the Cops. They signed with Barsuk Records in October 2009.
Phantogram released their debut album Eyelid Movies in September 2009 on BBE (Europe) and February 2010 on Barsuk Records (USA). The album received generally favorable reviews. From this album, they issued the singles "Mouthful of Diamonds", "When I'm Small" and "As Far As I Can See".
The duo collaborated with Big Boi from OutKast on three songs ("Objectum Sexuality", "CPU" and "Lines") from his second studio album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. Phantogram are also credited as producers for the song "Objectum Sexuality". Phantogram also featured on the song "You Lust" by The Flaming Lips from their 2013 album The Terror.
On 30 September 2013, they released the four songs EP Phantogram. It will be followed by their second studio album, Voices.
Phantogram have played and toured with The Antlers, Beach House, Metric, Minus The Bear, Caribou, Zero 7, The xx, Ra Ra Riot, School of Seven Bells, Yeasayer, Brazilian Girls, Future Islands, and The Glitch Mob.
They have also played several major North American festivals including Coachella, Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, Treasure Island, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, LouFest, and Bumbershoot. They played on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in 2011 and 2013.
In 2010, they enlisted drummer Tim Oakley, formerly of The Mathematicians, for their tour. In 2013 Phantogram performed at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon backed by tour drummer Chris Carhart and Nick Shelestak on keyboards.
- "When I'm Small" was featured in the opening episode of MTV's adaption of Skins. It was also used in the trailer of the 2013 film Syrup and recently used in Canon's new advert for their 650D camera as well as a Gillette commercial for their Fusion ProGlide razor featuring Green Bay Packers' linebacker Clay Matthews.
- "Mouthful of Diamonds" was in the episode titled "Stanley" in the same series.
- "Turn It Off" was featured in the first episode of MTV's adaptation of Teen Wolf.
- "Mouthful of Diamonds" was featured in Attack of La Nina, a 2011 ski film by Matchstick Productions.
- "Don't Move" was featured in the CW's adaptation of The Secret Circle.
- "Black Out Days" was in The CW series The Originals in the episode "Fruit of the Poisoned Tree" on November 6, 2013.
- "Lights" was featured in the "Catching Fire Soundtrack", which was released on November 19th, 2013.
- "Mouthful of Diamonds" was featured in the film "Breaking the Girls" which was released in 2013.
- Phantogram (2009)
- Running From the Cops (2009)
- Nightlife (2011)
- Phantogram (2013)
- "Mouthful of Diamonds" (2009)
- "When I'm Small" (2009)
- "As Far As I Can See" (2011)
- "Don't Move" (2011)
- "Black Out Days" (2013)
- "Lights" (2013) [The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)]
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