Phantogram, 'Nightlife' (Barsuk)

8
Nightlife
Critical Mass
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Label: Barsuk

by David Menconi

"This is the future, this is the future," singer-keyboardist Sarah Barthel repeats in a breathy, insistent murmur over a loping drumbeat and Josh Carter's chiming guitar on Nightlife's "Make a Fist." Lots of psych rock can be murky and meandering, just coasting along. But Phantogram drives straight through, with a clear purpose, no rest stops. This six-song mini-album follows up last year's breakthrough full-length Eyelid Movies, and seems almost as obsessive about staying in forward motion, with grooves and hooks that are equally insistent -- catchy, but content to blow right past. The last sound on the record is the honking of migratory birds.

00:00 00:00 No Song Selected More info
00:00 00:00
placeholder
Now Playing
  • 1 Django Django — First Light " 04:49
  • 2 Happy Fangs — In the Morning " 03:08
  • 3 Santiparro — The Benefit of Confrontation " 04:49
  • 4 Soda Fabric — Teenage Illusion " 04:03
  • 5 Walter Lukens — Every Night " 02:55
  • 6 Sarah Bethe Nelson — Paying " 05:47
  • 7 Faith Healer — Again " 02:57

SPIN is a member of SPIN Music Group, a division of BUZZMEDIA