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Phantogram

Nightlife


In 2010, we ate up Phantogram’s intoxicating mix of slinky and seductive downtempo electronic rock (not to mention their startling live show at Goleta’s Mercury Lounge). But 2011 finds the duo (vocalist/guitarist Josh Carter and vocalist/keyboardist Sarah Barthel) delving deeper and cranking the BPMs up a notch. On their recently released “mini album,” Nightlife, the pair move things from the bedroom to the dance floor, and come away with some of their most ambitious — and infectious — recordings to date. Album opener “16 Years” is a bass-heavy exercise in ethereal electro pop, while “Nightlife” plays up Barthel’s breathy, dreamlike vocals with a synthy ballad treatment. But it’s “Don’t Move” that elevates Nightlife to near perfection. Here, a twisted and groovy backbeat mixes and mingles with brass notes and Barthel’s high register pleas to “keep your body still.” Our response: good luck trying. Phantogram plays SOhO on Thursday, November 3. Call 962-7776 or visit clubmercy.com for tickets.



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