Stream Phantoms’ self-titled debut album
The gloss on Phantoms‘ debut album speaks volumes. After months of teasing one-off singles, the Los Angeles-based project’s self-titled LP sees the duo exploring a new stratum in their career. Furnishing a style that seems to dive further into a world that is both natural yet freakish, Phantoms’ latest delivery triggers our deepest desires and finds solace in the senseless.
For the past couple of years, Vinnie Pergola and Kyle Kaplan have been pursuing a sound that invites a covert relationship between the real and the surreal, taking listeners on an excursion through lovelorn sentiments that mingle acutely with cavalier tendencies. In 2015, the team quickly gathered steam with their Broken Halo EP that introduced their music’s foreboding tone, followed up by an evocative rendition of Eric Clapton’s “Cocaine.”
Out on Casablanca/Republic Records, Phantom’s new LP starts off with “She Never Tells Me,” which initiates the pair’s recognizably heavy synths and sharp, quick percussive elements. The same features are heard in their loudest tracks such as “Been Here Before,” “Throw It In The Fire,” and “Pulling Me In.” Following a similar style, Phantoms also branch out to show off their stylistic prowess in “Downtown” which features a UK garage-tinged rhythm, along with lighter singles like “Need You Closer” featuring Hayley Kiyoko and “Just A Feeling” with VÉRITÉ.
With this new album, the pair finds common ground in diverging from the typical output of today’s electronic releases, taking it upon themselves to fashion a record that presents a vision that is both brazen and revealing. Their signature sound is centered around a brooding playfulness, using dark tones and a seductive tenor to create an esoteric narrative that is only just beginning.
Stream Phantoms’ debut album below: