Things are not what they seem here. Phantogram sounds like a sexy, cosmopolitan collective, not a couple of childhood friends recording music in a barn outside tiny Saratoga Springs, New York. The song is called “Don’t Move”, but it compels you to get up and shake ass right from the start. You may need to hear it a couple of times before you're sucked in; the song has a sneaky introspective overtone that reinforces itself with multiple listens. I dare you to not love it after three plays.
Phantogram’s new mini-album came out this week. It’s called Nightlife and is lusher and more personal than their 2009 debut Eyelid Movies. The band has been on the road for over a year and the music conveys the blur of sex and exhaustion and wee-hour loneliness that one imagines dominated their (night)life while playing club after club for months on end.
Amy worked in the record business at Enigma, Elektra, Virgin and Sub Pop before she got sucked into the technology vortex. She co-founded the Backwards Beekeepers, a chemical-free urban beekeeping collective in Los Angeles. She runs digital marketing for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and The Hollywood Bowl.
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