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May 30, 2014 6:38 pm

The Phantom Band: Strange Friend – review

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Scottish indie-rockers The Phantom Band reconvene for their first album in four years, which follows similar coordinates to its two predecessors. Songs drive along to a hypnotic krautrock beat, singer Rick Anthony intones vocals in his deep voice and layers of instrumentation flutter at the fringes of the listener’s consciousness, like the different varieties of percussion in “Galapágos”. The busyness is imaginative but also masks an underlying sameness: songs are content to settle into a groove without developing it.


The Phantom Band

Strange Friend

(Chemikal Underground)

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