Posts Tagged ‘Sarah Barthel’

May 19, 2018
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It’s a splendid Friday for fans of Phantogram like me. Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter have surprised us with two new tracks, one an original, one a Sparklehorse cover. All proceeds from the new two-track single go to a very good cause, one that’s far too relevant lately considering all the dear people we’ve been losing, both in our personal lives and within the music scene. The single benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). For Sarah Barthel, who lost her own sister to suicide back in 2016, this is all too personal. Steam new song Someday above, which sees the typically trip hop and electro-rock duo go a dreamy meditative route. Their gorgeous cover of Sparklehorse’s Saturday can be streamed below. 

November 1, 2016
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It’s not every day that we even consider the thought of Phantogram and Miami Horror side by side. So it was a totally unexpected delight when a remix of Phantogram’s You Don’t Get Me High Anymore by Miami Horror surfaced out of the blue the other day. Both these bands can “get me high” on music at any given moment. Miami Horror certainly launches me sky high with this clever transformation of one of my favorite tracks off Phantogram’s new album Three. The Australian synthpop band gives You Don’t Get Me High Anymore a deep balmy remix whose glittering disco and buoyant house paints Phantogram in warm effulgent hues. The difference is literally, like night and day. 

September 30, 2016

October is going to begin in a rather epic fashion. Not only do I get to see my favorite trip hop and electro-gaze band headline the Fox Theater in Oakland on October 5th, but that very same band, Phantogram, will be dropping their eagerly anticipated new album THREE the Friday after the show! It’s going to be exciting hearing the new material live before the album arrives. We have, after all, already fallen hard for so many tracks revealed off of THREE. And I have a feeling the costumes, lights, and stage persona prepared for Phantogram’s new tour are going to be over the top imaginative. You’re Mine is Sarah and Josh’s latest treat from the LP, an abrupt throbbing pulse of glitchy soulful trip pop. If you haven’t ordered your copy of THREE yet, snag it here on iTunes.

August 18, 2016

In a couple months, Phantogram will be releasing their new album THREE, and I’m nearly holding my breath as I look forward to that fateful day. Sarah and Josh have decided to unleash a new cut off the record as we wait. Cruel World is a more subdued and doleful listen compared to some of the duo’s vivacious music they’ve put out with Big Boi or what we’ve heard from THREE so far. Despite its momentary simplicity, an abundance of signature Phantogram trip hop and glitch pop kick in gloriously alongside Sarah’s downcast singing just the same. The contrast is exhilarating, hitting us like well crafted, perfectly timed drops. The woeful ode to the darker side of life cuts to the bone. After all, we all have broken and anguished moments when life seems hopelessly unfair. THREE can be pre-ordered now from iTunes or Phantogram’s webstore ahead of its October 7th release.

July 23, 2016

Phantogram is pretty far up on my list of favorite bands and artists. Their unique and edgy mixture of trip hop, glitch pop, and electropop never disappoints, just as their most recent single You Don’t Get Me High Anymore grips and enthralls. As we eagerly await seeing Sarah and Josh perform their new music at the Fox Theater in Oakland on October 5th and look forward to Phantogram’s new album THREE, let’s get lost in the band’s magnificent new video for restless intoxicating You Don’t Get Me High Anymore. It’s certainly an other worldly clip full of destruction and abstract intrigue. THREE will be out on September 16th.

June 16, 2016

Though Phantogram has kept themselves very busy as guests on songs and with their Big Boi collaboration project Big Grams, it’s been a long few years since we last heard a true Phantogram song. Us ravenous fans have been eagerly awaiting the emergence of a new song. You Don’t Get Me High Anymore is that long fantasized return, and it comes with the announcement of the duo’s third full length, Three, as well as an accompanying tour that brings them to the Fox Theater in Oakland on October 5th. Needless to say, this devoted fan of the American trip hop and electro-rock duo is doing cartwheels in celebration. Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter do not disappoint on You Don’t Get Me High Anymore, not that they’ve ever been disappointing and likely never will. They’ll always get me high on their music. You Don’t Get Me High Anymore is woozy dark and bustling heavy, exactly the sort of Phantogram I need and love. I can’t get enough of this song. The more I listen to it, the more I want to listen to it. Oh, how I still love you so, Phantogram.

May 5, 2016
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In my opinion, anything that involves Phantogram and Sarah Barthel’s satin voice is an ace in the hole, be it a project with Big Boi, a song with Skrillex, or in this case, a song with A-trak. Parallel Lines sees the two pairing up for a mellifluous smooth jam, a gliding feel good banger that mixes guitar riffs with A-Trak’s signature turntable inspired production. The genre defying song premiered as the World Record on Zane Lowe’s Beats1 show. Parallel Lines will likely be one of the summer’s hottest radio friendly electronic records, too. The single drops May 20th on Fool’s Gold. Pre-order now from iTunes.

September 24, 2015

We all knew for some time now that a collaborative project between Big Boi and Phantogram would be pretty epic, but did we expect it to be this level of phenomenal goodness? Big Grams continues to reveal the songs off their self titled release with the latest spectacular treat a funky hip hop tune named Goldmine Junkie. So far, the songs have been very versatile with very different style of sound. Goldmine Junkie is a little more old school on the hip hop spectrum, and a lot more chill on the production side. Icing on the cake? Some pretty spunky vocals by Sarah Barthel, a sweet treat indeed. Pre-order Big Grams’ self titled 7 track EP on iTunes. Or snag a CD on Amazon, like I just did. I’m already halfway in love with the record, anyway, after the three songs we’ve heard.

September 19, 2015

Big Grams, the collaborative project formed by Big Boi and Phantogram, has shared another track off the EP they’ll be releasing September 25th. While the first magnificent track we heard from Big Grams was a swaggerying, choppy, hip hop heavy delight named Fell In The Sun, new reveal Lights On is much sleeker, going in a direction that isn’t quite Phantogram, not quite Big Boi till the rap verse kicks in three quarters of the way through. Lights On is an electronic pop song with more honey, more pep, and much more rounded synths. At times, it even reminds me of K.Flay’s music, but crisper. And, yes, it’s wonderfully catchy. Pre-order Big Grams’ self titled EP on iTunes. 

September 11, 2015

The other day, I said something poetic, or rather, not so poetic but very blunt, about how anything that involves Phantogram is dope. Case in point, Big Grams. Fans of Big Boi and Phantogram likely know and have been waiting for this project, a combination of the two’s trip hop and hip hop tendencies. Finally, today, we get to hear a first track from Big Grams, a swaggering, choppy track named Fell In The Sun. It’s exactly what I’d imagine Big Grams would sound like. It’s no surprise that Phantogram’s style of electronic pop music fits perfectly with hip hop, and Sarah Barthel’s voice is always such a treat. Fell In The Sun is basically a Phantogram song with the addition of Big Boi’s rapping. Big Grams will be dropping a self titled EP on big release date September 25th, and it’s available to pre-order, now. Is it going to be sick? Yes. Most definitely.