bark123 · CD / DIGITAL / LP · Barsuk Records · November 2011
Beginning in early 2010, Phantogram toured almost constantly, building a dedicated following by playing in early days in small clubs, and then growing to play on TV and on nearly every major North American festival. Finding ways to work steadily on new music while on the road was a puzzle they finally figured out, and the batch of new songs they wrote in clubs and hotel rooms over the first part of 2011 came together as the mini-LP Nightlife, released just a few weeks after it was mastered (and just in time for the band to head back out on the road).
Although the lyrical and sonic themes of the new recordings are in keeping with those of the previous album, Sarah Barthel notes "It's just amazing how much our lives have changed in such a short period of time, and how all that change has made us able to focus in on what we want to be doing musically."
Featuring the mega-jams don't move and 16 years as well as four other brilliant tracks that walk tightropes between the towers of hip-hop, shoegaze, and psychedelic indie-rock, Nightlife is, in many ways, an extension of the whole process of making and touring behind their incredible debut Eyelid Movies. It's a must-have for Phantogram fans.