Phantogram (band)

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Phantogram in 2010.jpg
Phantogram in 2010
Background information
OriginGreenwich, New York, USA
GenresElectronic, shoegaze, trip hop[1]
Years active2007–present
LabelsBarsuk Records
Ghostly International
Indica Records
Sub-Bombin Records
Associated actsCharlie Everywhere, Big Boi
MembersSarah Barthel
Josh Carter
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Phantogram in 2010.jpg
Phantogram in 2010
Background information
OriginGreenwich, New York, USA
GenresElectronic, shoegaze, trip hop[1]
Years active2007–present
LabelsBarsuk Records
Ghostly International
Indica Records
Sub-Bombin Records
Associated actsCharlie Everywhere, Big Boi
MembersSarah Barthel
Josh Carter

Phantogram (formerly Charlie Everywhere) is an American electronic rock duo from Greenwich, New York, formed in 2007 and consisting of Josh Carter (vocals, guitars) and Sarah Barthel (vocals, keyboards).[2]

They write and record in a remote barn in upstate New York called Harmony Lodge.[3] The band name was partially inspired by an optical illusion called a phantogram, in which two-dimensional images appear to be three-dimensional.[4]

They described their sound as "street beat, psych pop".[5] According to Josh Carter, their music has "lots of rhythms, swirling guitars, spacey keyboards, echoes, airy vocals".[6]

The band has released two studio albums (Eyelid Movies in 2009, Voices in 2014), four EPs (Phantogram and Running From the Cops in 2009, Nightlife in 2011, Phantogram in 2013) and eight singles.


Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel were friends since junior high school. In the summer of 2007, Barthel returned home dissatisfied with pursuing a visual arts degree and Carter returned home after a brief stint in New York City with Grand Habit, an experimental band formed with his older brother, John. The two friends reunited and worked on finishing some songwriting ideas Carter made earlier and then finally formed the band.[7][8] Carter and Barthel were inspired by artists like J Dilla, Madlib, Cocteau Twins, The Flaming Lips, Sonic Youth, Yes, The Beatles, David Bowie, John Frusciante, Serge Gainsbourg, Kevin Shields and Prince.[9][10][11]

The duo was originally called Charlie Everywhere when performing around the Saratoga Springs area on the local label Sub-Bombin Records.[7] The group signed with BBE on 26 January 2009 and changed their name to Phantogram.[12][13] Their self-titled debut EP was released on 12 May 2009,[14] followed in the same year by another EP, Running From the Cops. They signed with Barsuk Records in October 2009.[15]

Phantogram released their debut album Eyelid Movies in September 2009 on BBE (Europe) and February 2010 on Barsuk Records (USA). The album received generally favorable reviews.[16] From this album, they issued the singles "Mouthful of Diamonds", "When I'm Small" and "As Far As I Can See".

The EP Nightlife, was released on 1 November 2011 and included the single "Don't Move".

The duo collaborated with Big Boi from OutKast on three songs ("Objectum Sexuality", "CPU" and "Lines") from his second studio album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. Phantogram are also credited as producers for the song "Objectum Sexuality". Phantogram also featured on the song "You Lust" by The Flaming Lips from their 2013 album The Terror.

On 30 September 2013, they released the four songs EP Phantogram.[17] It was followed by their second studio album, Voices, that was released on February 18, 2014. A fifth single "Nothing But Trouble" was released on January 14.[18]

Barthel revealed in an interview with Variance Magazine in February 2014 that Phantogram plans to release an EP with Big Boi of OutKast[19]


Phantogram live at The Pacific Festival (2011)

Phantogram have played and toured with The Antlers, Beach House, Metric, Minus The Bear, Caribou, Zero 7, The xx, Ra Ra Riot, School of Seven Bells, Yeasayer, Brazilian Girls, Future Islands, and The Glitch Mob.

They have also played several major North American festivals including Coachella, Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, Treasure Island, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, LouFest, and Bumbershoot. They played on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in 2011 and 2013.

In 2010, they enlisted drummer Tim Oakley, formerly of The Mathematicians, for their tour.[20] In 2013 Phantogram performed at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon backed by tour drummer Chris Carhart and Nick Shelestak on keyboards.

In February 2014, they performed a song on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Song usage[edit]


Studio albums[edit]



List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
SingleYearPeak chart
US Alt.
"Mouthful of Diamonds"2009Eyelid Movies
"When I'm Small"
"As Far As I Can See"2011
"Don't Move"Nightlife [EP]
"Black Out Days"2013Phantogram [EP]
"Nothing But Trouble"Voices
"Fall in Love"[32][33]1168
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and directors
"Mouthful Of Diamonds"2010Drew Norton
"As Far As I Can See"2011Ewan MacLeod
"When I'm Small"Isaac Ravishankara
"Don't Move"2012Will Joines, John Carter
"Black Out Days"2013Evan Spencer Brace
"Fall In Love"2014Timothy Saccenti

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, showing year released and album name
"Lights"2013The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack


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  2. ^ "Phantogram Biography". AOL Music. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Jaffer, Dave (6 April 2010). "Phantogram Reveal Their Backwoods 'Batcave'". Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Dafoe, Taylor; Drew Litowitz (19 November 2010). "Bookmark the permalink. Interview: Phantogram". Skidmore Sec. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Phantogram - Sounds That Grab a Hold of Your Heart in a Beautiful Way". On Another Note. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Keyser, Tom (4 February 2010). "Phantogram going national, view photos of video shoot". Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Wenzel, John (7 May 2010). "The Reverb Interview: Phantogram". The Reverb. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  8. ^ Swanson, Charlie (5 November 2010). "Phantogram: Dream-Pop Duo Unifies Its Vision". ALARM Press. Retrieved 29 August 2011. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Turning Points To Always Remember: An Interview with Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel". Music Under Fire. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  10. ^ Javorsky, Ben (10 March 2010). "Phantogram Interview: SXSW 2010". Spinner. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  11. ^ Grehan, Keith (3 November 2010). "Phantogram interview". Trinity News. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  12. ^ Phantogram (26 January 2009). "We are now signed to BBE records!!!". MySpace. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  13. ^ "Phantogram Interview". Shy Anne’s Songs. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  14. ^ Phantogram. "May 12th!!!". MySpace. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  15. ^ Phantogram. "Hey Folks! Phantogram is now signed to Barsuk Records!!!". Twitter. Retrieved 2009-10-13. 
  16. ^ "Eyelid Movies – Phantogram". Metacritic. 
  17. ^ "iTunes - Music - Phantogram - EP by Phantogram". 
  18. ^ "Phantogram - Nothing But Trouble". 
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  20. ^ Keck, Catie. "Phantogram, The Duo Adds A Drummer". Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  21. ^ Thompson, Erin. Phantogram Polarizes Fanbase After "When I'm Small" Appeared on MTV's Skins Last Night. Seattle Weekly. February 8, 2011.
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  31. ^ Billboard Chart History: Phantogram
  32. ^ "Top 40/M Future Releases". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on 2014-03-07. 
  33. ^ "Fall in Love" also peaked at #10 in the US Rock Airplay charts, and #19 and US Hot Rock Songs.

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