Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 8pm
The Fillmore Charlotte
820 Hamilton St
Charlotte, NC, 28206
Tickets: $25 plus fees
PHANTOGRAM’S universally applauded duo, Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter, have been crafting their own blend of genre bending music since 2007 when the longtime friends first formed their group in the small city of Saratoga Springs in upstate NY.
Known for their innovative music style- melding electronic, melodic indie rock with hip hop leaning beats & samples- the band independently released music and toured incessantly before the debut of their breakthrough album, VOICES, in 2014. Upon its release, VOICES, which was co-produced with John Hill (M.I.A., Santigold), achieved unanimous critical acclaim. The Associated Press hailed it “an epochal album, a generational capstone that will reside in playlists for a generation to come,” and SPIN named it one of the “50 Best Albums Of 2014.”
The band has since been on the road and collaborating with an impressive group of artists across the music spectrum, including The Flaming Lips, Miley Cyrus and Outkast founder Big Boi – the latter of whom formed a new group with Phantogram, BIG GRAMS, resulting in the release of a self-titled debut album (featuring its own collaborations with Skrillex and Run the Jewels, and a psychedelic animated short film project with Adult Swim) in 2015. This year, Barthel and Carter have performed a handful of summer festival dates with Big Grams, including Governor’s Ball and Bonnaroo, with the likes of Lollapalooza and Outside Lands on the horizon, before releasing their highly anticipated new Phantogram album.
Potential is the new album from producer James Hinton under his alias of The Range.
Hinton made the computer his primary instrument after falling under the spell of Baltimore club, bringing in his broader sonic influences from early ‘90s jungle, early ‘00s grime and mid ‘00s electronica to a new sonic whole. The software was the thing at home, but what excited the young producer was the network, and where he spiraled was YouTube. Potential uses as its backbone a series of vocal samples that Hinton has found in the forgotten corners of the site, guiding us around the hinterlands of YouTube, introducing us to unknown artists expressing themselves unfettered by the constraints of industry, lost in the infinite potential of an audience unknown.
Potential is a record steeped in histories – of its characters, of its forebears – but is startlingly new and alive: the network may be ones and zeros but the circuitry here runs on blood, still.
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