(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).They write and record in a remote barn in upstate New York called Harmony Lodge. The band name was partially inspired by an optical illusion called a phantogram, in which two-dimensional images appear to be three-dimensional.They described their sound as "street beat, psych pop". According to Josh Carter, their music has "lots of rhythms, swirling guitars, spacey keyboards, echoes, airy vocals".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. 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.The duo was originally called Charlie Everywhere when performing around the Saratoga Springs area on the local label Sub-Bombin Records. The group signed with BBE on 26 January 2009 and changed their name to Phantogram. Their self-titled debut EP was released on 12 May 2009, followed in the same year by another EP, Running From the Cops
. They signed with Barsuk Records in October 2009.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. 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
. 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.Barthel revealed in an interview with Variance Magazine in February 2014 that Phantogram plans to release an EP with Big Boi of OutKast
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. 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.
- "When I'm Small" was featured in the opening episode of MTV's adaption of Skins. It was also used in the trailer of the 2013 film Syrup, Canon's advertisement for the 650D camera, and a Gillette commercial for the Fusion ProGlide razor featuring Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews.
- "Mouthful of Diamonds" was in the episode "Stanley" in the same American adaptation of Skins.
- "Turn It Off" was featured in the first episode of MTV's adaptation of Teen Wolf.
- "Mouthful of Diamonds" was featured in Attack of La Nina, a 2011 ski film by Matchstick Productions.
- "Don't Move" was featured in the CW's adaptation of The Secret Circle.
- "Black Out Days" was in The CW series The Originals in the episode "Fruit of the Poisoned Tree" on November 6, 2013.
- "Lights" was featured in the Catching Fire soundtrack, which was released on November 19, 2013.
- "Mouthful of Diamonds" was featured in the film Breaking the Girls which was released in 2013.
- "Don't Move" was featured in the 2012 film Pitch Perfect.
- "Black Out Days" was featured in the "Strangers on a Train" episode of Showtime's TV series Shameless, 2014.
- "Black Out Days" was featured in the "Gambler's Fallacy " episode of NBC's Law & Order: SVU, March 12, 2014