Phantogram in 2010
|Origin||Greenwich, New York, United States|
|Genres||Electronic, shoegaze, trip hop|
|Associated acts||Charlie Everywhere, Big Boi|
Phantogram (formerly Charlie Everywhere) is an American electronic rock duo from Greenwich, New York, formed in 2007 and consisting of Josh Carter (vocals, guitars) and Sarah Barthel (vocals, keyboards). The band name was inspired by an optical illusion called a phantogram, in which two-dimensional images appear to be three-dimensional.
They described their sound as "street beat, psych pop". According to Josh Carter, their music has "lots of rhythms, swirling guitars, spacey keyboards, echoes, airy vocals". Carter and Barthel were inspired by artists like The Beatles, David Bowie, Cocteau Twins, J Dilla, The Flaming Lips, John Frusciante, Serge Gainsbourg, Madlib, Sonic Youth, Yes, Kevin Shields and Prince.
They write and record in a remote barn in upstate New York called Harmony Lodge. The band has released two studio albums (Eyelid Movies in 2009, Voices in 2014), four EPs (Phantogram and Running From the Cops in 2009, Nightlife in 2011, Phantogram in 2013) and eight singles.
Carter and Barthel have been 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.
The duo was originally called Charlie Everywhere when performing around the Saratoga Springs area on the local label Sub-Bombin Records. Upon signing with BBE on 26 January 2009, they 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". "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, Canon's advertisement for the 650D camera, and a Gillette commercial for the Fusion ProGlide razor featuring Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews. "Mouthful of Diamonds" also appeared in the same American adaptation of Skins in the episode "Stanley". "Mouthful of Diamonds" was also featured in the films Attack of La Nina, a 2011 ski film by Matchstick Productions, and Breaking the Girls which was released in 2013.
The duo collaborated with Big Boi from OutKast on three songs ("Objectum Sexuality", "CPU" & "Lines") from his second studio album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. Phantogram are also credited as producers for the song "Objectum Sexuality". Phantogram are 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 was followed by their second studio album, Voices, that was released on February 18, 2014. A fifth single "Nothing But Trouble" was released on January 14.
Barthel revealed in an interview with Variance Magazine in February 2014 that Phantogram plans to release an EP with Big Boi.
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 also opened for M83 at the iconic Hollywood Bowl on September 22, 2013.
In 2010, they enlisted drummer Tim Oakley, formerly of The Mathematicians, for their tour.
- "Turn It Off" was featured in the first episode of MTV's adaptation of Teen Wolf.
- "Lights" was featured in the Catching Fire soundtrack, which was released on November 19, 2013.
- "Black Out Days" was featured in the "Strangers on a Train" episode of Showtime's TV series Shameless, 2014.
- "Black Out Days" was in The CW series The Originals in the episode "Fruit of the Poisoned Tree" on November 6, 2013.
- "Black Out Days" was featured in the "Gambler's Fallacy " episode of NBC's Law & Order: SVU, March 12, 2014
- Eyelid Movies (2009; US Heatseekers #7; US Independent Albums #38)
- Voices (2014; Billboard 200 (USA) #11; US Alternative Albums #3))
- Phantogram (2009)
- Running From the Cops (2009)
- Nightlife (2011; US #122; US Heatseekers Albums #1; US Alternative Albums #16; US Independent Albums #21)
- Phantogram (2013, Universal Republic Records)
|"Mouthful of Diamonds"||2009||—||—||Eyelid Movies|
|"When I'm Small"||—||—|
|"As Far As I Can See"||2011||—||—|
|"Black Out Days"||2013||—||—||Phantogram|
|"Nothing But Trouble"||—||—||Voices|
|"Fall In Love"||114[A]||3|
|"Black Out Days" (Re-release)||2014||—||32|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|"Mouthful Of Diamonds"||2010||Drew Norton|
|"As Far As I Can See"||2011||Ewan MacLeod|
|"When I'm Small"||Isaac Ravishankara|
|"Don't Move"||2012||Will Joines, John Carter|
|"Black Out Days"||2013||Evan Spencer Brace|
|"Fall In Love"||2014||Timothy Saccenti|
|"Lights"||2013||The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack|
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- "Fall in Love" also peaked at #10 in the US Rock Airplay charts, and #19 and US Hot Rock Songs. http://www.billboard.com/artist/331653/phantogram/chart?f=326
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