Eyelid Movies CD (2010)

Artist: Phantogram

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Label Barsuk Records/redeye
SKU 213687134
UPC 655173109427
UPC 14 00655173109427
Format CD
Release Date 2/9/2010
Author Phantogram
Technical Info
Engineer Phantogram; Josh Carter
Producer Josh Carter
CatalogID BARK94
Lable Name Barsuk
Released 02/09/2010
Original Release 2009
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 44m : 27s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00655173109427
Album Notes and Credits
Recording information: Harmony Lodge Studios, Easton, NY.
Seeing that the New York duo Phantogram's debut album is on Barsuk, one might assume they are gentle indie rockers or, since they are a male/female duo, maybe something along the lines of Mates of State. You might not guess that they are trip-hop revivalists. They are though, and Eyelid Movies sounds like nothing other than a lost Mono or Alpha record. All the hallmarks of the trip-hop sound are here: the hip-hop drum loops, the off-kilter guitar lines that sound like they were sampled from spy films, actual samples that probably are from old film scores, the dreamily atmospheric synths that cushion the beats like fluffy pillows, and most of all, vocalist Sarah Barthel's whisper-sweet vocals. To the duo's credit, the sound totally works and the record sounds less like a rip than it does a loving re-creation. Songs like "As Far as I Can See" or "When I'm Small" sound as good as anything trip-hoppers back in 1993 were doing. Plus, they add some elements to the basic template that help make things interesting, especially on the songs that Josh Carter sings. "Turn It Off" ups the tempo and adds chopped-up vocal loops, "Bloody Palms" adds a level of angry drama the rest of that album lacks, and most impressively "You Are the Ocean" is a rippling guitar-based dream pop ballad that shows a healthy knowledge of A.R. Kane's catalog. Eyelid Movies is a nostalgia trip at heart, but it isn't a lifeless pastiche by any means. The amount of care the duo gives to the arrangements, the subtle and successful blending of influences, and above all, the high quality of the songs and performances, mean that the record is a success on its own terms. ~ Tim Sendra
Professional Reviews
Spin (p.87) - "Often gorgeous and never soothing, the damaged pop on Phantogram's mesmerizing debut is pure nightmare fuel."
Alternative Press (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Carter's tortured lead vocals on 'You Are The Ocean' keep the rest of EYELID MOVIES brimming with palpable sexual tension until the closing credits."
Pitchfork (Website) - "[A] lush and evocative thumper....EYELID MOVIES seems a fine companion piece to a long stroll or something more sedentary and meditative..."
Disc 1
1 Mouthful Of Diamonds
2 When I'm Small
3 Turn It Off
4 Running From The Cops
5 All Dried Up
6 As Far As I Can See
7 You Are The Ocean
8 Bloody Palms
9 Futuristic Casket
10 Let Me Go
11 10,000 Claps
Product Attributes
Artist Phantogram
Label Barsuk Records/ada
Music Format Compact Disc

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