Phantogram’s ‘In a Spiral’ Is a Psychedelic, Beat-Heavy Tornado: Listen


The year of the Phantogram continues as Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter drop a real head knocker. "In a Spiral" is a ride through a neon desert on a glitchy horse, a psychdelic soundtrack for the urban cowboy in all of us. It follows previously released singles "Into Happiness" and "Mister Impossible," but seriously ups the funk.

“‘In a Spiral’ started from a beat that Josh had in his back pocket for quite some time, which I had gravitated to immediately and written some vocal ideas for," singer Barthel is quoted in a press release, "but the song was waiting for the right moment to reveal itself to us. We threw it on at the last minute while we were preparing to go record in Joshua Tree at the magical Rancho de la Luna with our friend Boots, and once we got out there everything started to fall into place.”

Soaring orchestral clips swirl with synthetic noise across hand claps and trap-inspired rhythms. Bursts of Wild West guitar sets an outlaw mood as Barthel sings the cries of one who's flying out of control. It's got a shadowy tones, but it's a dance song to be sure.

“I started chopping up sample patterns, and we all messed around with a few analogue synths till we found the right vibe," Carter adds. "We finished up the track in LA with Andrew Dawson. There’s a lot of energy in this song with dark, interesting wordplay. An inspiring feeling of making music in the desert. Beauty in desolation.”

"In a Spiral" is out now on Republic Records, and there's more of this to come from the duo in the fall. Check below for the group's upcoming tour dates, then grab your spurs and hit the dusty dance floor with "In a Spiral" below.

Phantogram Tour Dates 2019
Oct. 11 — Philadelphia, PA @ House of Vans
Nov. 1 — Bilbao, Spain @ BIME Live
Nov. 16 — Mexico City, Mexico @ Corona Capital Festival
Nov. 22 — San Diego, CA @ Wonderfront Music Festival
Dec. 4 — Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
Dec. 18 — Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom