THE PHANTOM BAND - Strange Friend

Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Alternative/Indie | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 161 / 6-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 8/10 | Label: Chemical Underground | Autor: WK

The third album of the Scottish Phantom Band fulfills everything that they promised with their two much praised predecessors. It is a kind of passionate cyber-success in which analog electronic elements penetrate each other with acoustic means. The music exists on two temporal levels, firstly in the unmistakable retroprog sphere, and secondly in a minimalist futurism. The Phantom Band renegotiates the relationship between these two aspects in each song. The overtones, undertones and nuances are correspondingly variable. Characteristic are again the monotonous singing in the verses and the palatable male choir in the chorus. In spite of their constructivist sound and rhythmic structure, the band also gives the songs the impression of ancient sailor songs. And she attaches even more importance to the melodic variety than on the previous album. The basic mood of the record is a certain brittle dreaminess, which makes the access equally difficult and easier. The overriding message: We are adaptable beings; let us leave and still stay where we are.

Top track: The Wind That Cried The World

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