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Eyelid Movies


May 13, 2010 Phantogram Bookmark and Share

The Saratoga Springs, New York duo of Josh Carter (guitar) and Sarah Barthel (keys/vocals) delivers an impressive debut full of dark beat-driven electronic rock. Opener and lead single “Mouthful of Diamonds” unfolds like a night blooming flower with some truly excellent layered vocals from Barthel and a smooth, clean, almost country sounding guitar line from Carter. It’s followed by the album’s second single “When I’m Small,” a driving piece of 8-bit melodrama that grows more ambitious, almost anthematic, as the song moves along.

On the whole, Eyelid Movies is a brave record that isn’t afraid to embrace the past. Nearly every song contains a few endearing details such as the 1990s drum breakdown in “Turn It Off” or the distorted tape loop accents in “10,000 Claps.” Phantogram manages to combine a lot of familiar elements in a new, strikingly sexy way. It should be noted that Eyelid Movies owes a great deal to Portishead’s entire catalogue in terms of song structure, phrasing, and instrumentation. This might rub some folks the wrong way, but this album still manages a unique, cohesive sound that definitely merits investigation. It’s a perfect choice for fans of The XX, who, not coincidentally, Phantogram are opening for on most of a forthcoming U.S. tour. (

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Rod Glass
August 5th 2011

This band sound awesome. The lyrics are fresh and the sound is tight and very clear to the ears. All round this band enters all the senses and creates a great sound that is long lasting!

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