The second album from Greenwich’s Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter has no excuse for disguising itself as commercial candy but the same can be said for it’s affinity to push dominating blasts of electronic gorgeousness. Phantogram’s Voices is nearly five years removed from Eyelid Movies and here, the duo fist-bump co-producer John Hill (Wavves, Portugal. The Man, M.I.A.) to revive gloomy fret work (“Never Going Home”, “Bill Murray”) and make you succumb to hip-hop-tinted psychedelia (“Fall In Love”). It has the majority groaning because of Brooklyn’s endless supply of indie tonics and Phantogram really don’t present a dispute until you remember this is the same pair that idolizes Madlib’s prolific editing and lives by the book of pre-Shining Dilla. The insight then hands you a backpack full of remedies: the in-house personality disorder “Nothing But Trouble”, the buried skitter of “Bad Dreams”, and the cool-kid thump of “Black Out Days”. They all outclass the low points of Voices and in a numbing way, verify a tireless creative impulse.
Listen: “Black Out Days”, “Howling At The Moon”, “Bill Murray” || Watch: “Fall In Love”