Phantogram is an up-and-coming/somewhat arrived band. That’s really the best way I’m currently able to describe them. They haven’t quite hit it big with a large audience but they are hardly underground anymore.
Phantogram is comprised of Sarah D. Barthel and Joshua M. Carter from upstate New York in Saratoga Springs. As already stated in numerous places around the Internet, for such a rural setting their music is amazingly urban-sounding. Their energetic beats push forward their dark and growling sound as either Sarah sings prettily above the din or Josh snarls into the mess.
The obvious standout track is When I’m Small. It is the first track most people hear and I was no exception. It opens with a soft drum sample for two measures until the volume gets turned up as the song’s drum beat and groove kick-in. I’ve yet to meet someone who isn’t moved by the incredible pull of this song. The vocals float above the grunge, the beat is unstoppable, and no second is wasted.