Album Review: Phantogram’s ‘Voices’
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Swirly synth duo Phantogram has finally issued a sophomore LP, Voices. A continuation of the self-titled EP they dropped in 2013, Voices strays from their characteristic ethereal atmosphere, and instead adopts coarser melodies to surround Sarah Barthel’s saccharine vocals.
The new album doesn’t come as much of a surprise; Phantogram’s prior EP comprised of half of Voices, and there were a few other singles that had been released before the full length, leaving only a few tracks to anticipate. Whether this was a calculated move or happenstance remains to be seen; nevertheless, Phantogram continues to be a good talking point in the ongoing debate over the EP/LP preference.
With the scattered tracks now unified, Voices conveys a sense of lovelorn angst suitable as a backdrop for the pulp fiction genre; it’s well-worth a listen in it’s entirety.