Phantogram’s latest release, Three, rounds out what was supposed to be an entire week of music posts. I failed. Fortunately and unfortunately, a birthday party last weekend took precedence. Regardless, we get to share a new release. Three, as you might guess, is Phantogram‘s third full-length album and, curiously, the cover art may tell us all we need to know about the album. I don’t mean that the album is bad. Far from it. Call this genre indietronica or electropop or street beat/psych pop or whatever you want. It’s polished and it’s infectious. The fire in the cover art is more indicative of the burning emotion spreading between the grooves.
Tracks like Same Old Blues, You Don’t Get Me High Anymore, Cruel World, and Run Run Blood (among others) display various levels of suffering. The pain coming through isn’t masked or eloquent, it’s plain-spoken and simple. It’s desperate. It’s even often pessimistic. Still, it’s good.
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