Phantogram, which was formerly known as “Charlie Everywhere,” is an American electronic rock duo from Greenwich, New York.  The band formed in 2007 and is comprised of Josh Carter (vocals, guitar) and Sarah Barthels (vocals, keyboard).  The band name was inspired by an optical illusion called a phantogram, in which two-dimensional images appear to be three-dimensional.

The band describes their sound as “street beat, psych pop.”  According to Carter, their music has “lots of rhythm, swirling guitars, spacey keyboards, echos, and airy vocals.”  The band says that they 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.

The band writes and records in a remote barn in upstate New York called the Harmony Lodge.  The band has released two studio albums, “Eyelid Movies” in 2009 and “Voices” in 2014.  They have also released four EPs, “Phantogram” and “Running From The Cops” in 2009, “Nightlife” in 2011 and “Phantogram” in 2013.  They have also released eight singles along with these EPs.

Carter and Barthels 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 briefly performing in New York City with “Grand Habit,” an experimental band that he had 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” while performing around the Saratoga Springs area on the local label Sub-Bombin Records.  When the band signed with BBE (Barely Breaking Even), a British record label, they changed their name to “Phantogram.”

The band’s self-titled debut album was released on May 12, 2009.  From this album, they released the singles, “Mouthful of Diamonds,” “When I’m Small” and “As Far As I Can See.”  These singles saw numerous uses within commercials and throughout the media.

The duo also collaborated with “Big Boi,” one of the members of OutKast, on three songs (“Objectum Sexuality,” “CPU,” and “Lines”) from his second studio album “Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors.”  The duo was also featured on the song “You Lust” by “The Flaming Lips” on their 2013 album, “The Terror.”

On February 18, 2014, the duo released their second studio album, “Voices,” which included the hit singles, “Fall In  Love” and “Black Out Days.”

Phantogram seems to be on the right track, slowly gaining popularity due to the catchy psychodelic/atmospheric hits they have released so far.  Check out some of the band’s biggest hits so far below and be sure to keep an eye out for what they do next.  I can guarantee it’ll  be interesting.

 

Sources: Videos: YouTube – Info: Wikipedia – Picture: Google Images

 

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