Phantogram returns to Charlotte with Tycho

By Lindsay Kosma

July 19, 2017

Phantogram, the dreamy electro-pop duo made up of equal parts Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter, will be performing at The Fillmore this Saturday, July 22. To showcase their third studio album, Three (2016), they kicked off the North American leg of their tour this May and will be bouncing between the U.S. and Canada until August, before shooting across the pond to Europe. Opening for the group this tour is Tycho, an ambient, synth-driven musical project composed and produced by Scott Hansen. 

In between tour dates, Phantogram will perform at a string of big-name festivals including Lollapalooza in Chicago, Way Home Music and Arts in Ontario, and Osheaga in Montreal, as well as some smaller ones like MO POP Festival in Detroit.

The album, Three, which placed No. 9 on Billboard’s Top 200, is a delicate blend of emotional peaks and valleys. The lowest lows are described using haunting melodies set to crunchy pop arrangements. Each song is a blend of vaporous vulnerability over strong, one-foot-in-front-of-the-other beats. Subjects like addiction and suicide are discussed in first- person perspective. The music is heavy but fierce.

Photo by Jim Dimitroff for CLTure

With such dynamic music, live performance is a spectacle to behold. In 2016, they performed their single “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and the stage was a display of shadowy theatrics and trippy digital imagery. Though their music is primarily electronic, they play with a live band which really elevates the experience.

The band will also be donating a dollar of each ticket purchase to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in an effort to raise awareness for mental health issues.

Catch Phantogram with Tycho on July 22 at The Fillmore.

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