Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ghostland Observatory & Phantogram - Preview (Twilight Concert Series)

This Thursday is the second to last installment of the 2011 Twilight Concert Series in Salt Lake City with Ghostland Observatory and Phantogram.

The duo Aaron Kyle Behrens and Thomas Ross Tuner make up the band Ghostland Observatory from Austin Texas. Frontman Behrens provides vocals, occasionally playing guitar, while Turner plays the drums and synthesizer. I first heard about Ghostland Observatory with albums Paparazzi Lightning (2006) and Robotique Majestique (2008) with a strong sense of Electronic, Rock, Funk, New Wave, and at times raw sound. In 2010 the band released their fourth album "Codename: Rondo" which leads the band in a new direction technically and creatively, while maintaining their unmistakeable raw sound. I have yet to see this band live (until Thursday), but I can tell you for the majority of the summer all I have been hearing about is how fun and intense their live shows are. Often using 16 lasers and a sophisticated assemblage of mirrors on stage to produce visual effects in real time, something only seen in movies.

Ghostland Observatory / Codename: Rondo from Ghostland Observatory on Vimeo.

Phantogram, an urban sounding indie band from Saratoga Springs, New York, formed in 2007 consisting of Josh Carter (vocals/guitar) and Sarah Barthel (vocals/keyboards). They released their debut album in 2010 called "Eyelid Movies." I have to agree with Carter that their music has "lots of rhythms, swirling guitars, spacey keyboards, and airy vocals."

If you are in Salt Lake City this Thursday, stop by Pioneer Park. These are two bands not to miss.

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