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Phantogram's "Mouthful of Diamonds" Is Trippy






There comes a point in life when you can no longer stand to parse out obscure lyrics or wait for the drone to stop. But no more. Maybe it's a sign of subnormal intellect, sure--I don't know--but sometimes I like to bliss out. And I don't mean blisswave out, or chillwave out, and I certainly don't want to witchhouse the night way (mark me: that'll the next big sub-genre).

With that in mind, imagine my excitement upon discovering Phantogram's Eyelid Movies, a musical document which (to my ears) blends trip-hop and pop psychedelia in some pretty rad ways. Among cited influences, Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel, the folks behind Phantogram, mention Serge Gainsbourg, sampling, and Detroit-based hip-hop. And I can buy that. But for the plebs, they clarify: "we sound like a combination of Kanye West and Radiohead." There I'm going to say not so much.

Really, they share greater kinship with the likes of TV on the Radio, Goldfrapp, and Postal Service. And in the realm of the more obscure, Golden Filter's not a bad comparison. Those are a lot of references, but referencing is part of the mechanics that make them so much fun. "Mouthful of Diamonds," the stand out favorite for me, emphasizes handclap-like drums, Barthel's weary, romantic vocals, and a heavy guitar riff that sweeps you narcotically through the tune. It's not that it hasn't been done before--it's that it hasn't been amalgamated in such a narcotic form before. So if you've already worn out your vinyl, limited edition JJ No.2, the one you had eons before anyone else (remember?), I'd give this one a spin. It's a damned fine hit indeed.

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Phantogram's "Mouthful of Diamonds" Is Trippy