Bumbershoot Music Lounge 2011, Monday: Phantogram

photos by Dave Lichterman

Hailing from Saratoga Springs, NY, Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter have been friends since junior high school. They began performing music as a duo in 2007 and went through a series of different names and record labels before becoming Phantogram, after which they released two EPs in 2009, as well as their strong debut full-length, Eyelid Movies, in 2010. Their live show is chock-full of energy, with Barthel on synth and drum-machine while Carter mans the guitar as they share vocal duties.

The seats were filled and the lights were dimmed for the penultimate performance from this year’s Bumbershoot Music Lounge. Playing with a live drummer and a strobe light setup, Phantogram kicked things off with the powerful “As Far As I Can See” off their debut album. After playing “Bloody Palms,” also off Eyelid Movies, they played a new song called “16 Years” that Barthel announced would be coming out later this fall as part of an EP. The song features an absolutely stunning vocal line by Barthel, as well as a heavy-handed drum beat and the usual multitude of effects. The electronic duo brought home the set with “When I’m Small,” the standout track from Eyelid Movies, which was greeted with a sizable ovation and even a few people in the front row rising from their seats to dance. Phantogram will be playing at 8:30 PM on the Fountain Lawn Stage. The sun will be down, appropriately, the strobe lights will be flashing, and more than a few bodies will be moving.

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