Eyelid Movies is a nostalgia trip at heart, but it isn’t a lifeless pastiche by any means. The amount of care the duo gives to the arrangements, the subtle and successful blending of influences, and above all, the high quality of the songs and performances, mean that the record is a success on its own terms.
Eyelid Movies does what good albums ought to do: it fabricates a little musical universe, complete with its own weather (cold fog, blistering sun), settings (seedy clubs in the San Fernando Valley, the backseats of black cars), and moods (paranoia, sexual ecstasy, hungover ennui).
The skills Barthel and Carter possess at creating this kind of sound with just a keyboard and guitar, as well as the two bandmate's longtime personal chemistry, points to a promising future. Professionally, however, Eyelid Moves is something of a stumble out of the gate.
Jun 30, 2011One of the most underrated/under the radar albums I've ever heard. Every song was well thought out, and contains layers of lush baselines andOne of the most underrated/under the radar albums I've ever heard. Every song was well thought out, and contains layers of lush baselines and electro-synth melodies all laced with smooth guitar overtones. Every person that I've introduced this album to loves it. Don't be surprised if Phantogram has a very bright future ahead of them.… Expand
LomaxLomaxMar 20, 2010Absolute perfection! Interesting music that will be in my rotation for the year.
JerryC.Feb 12, 2010For a band that is fairly small time, there was a big production for this album. Surely it makes if dream of what this band might do for For a band that is fairly small time, there was a big production for this album. Surely it makes if dream of what this band might do for future albums with better production teams. There was some moments that I thought of M83 and other moments that I thought of School of Seven Bells. I also think the album did push the boundaries of electro-dance music. It is a must buy for me.… Expand
DustinC.Feb 12, 2010this is a good album. its got enough beats and hooks to keep you entertained on first listen and much more to go back for. some great this is a good album. its got enough beats and hooks to keep you entertained on first listen and much more to go back for. some great electronic work and production. in a time where "artists" are lauded for being lo-fi and meandering, it's nice to get a good electronic/indie-rock album that isnt loaded with crap.… Expand
Nov 29, 2010the critics definitely screwed up with this one as it's easily one of the best albums of the year (as can be noted by the praise of thethe critics definitely screwed up with this one as it's easily one of the best albums of the year (as can be noted by the praise of the users). if you love trip hop along the lines of the sneaker pimps this album is a no brainer. i've seen them live three times now and they have managed to top themselves with each show. truly amazing to watch.… Expand
Oct 19, 2016Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter’s debut album “Eyelid Movies” instills powerful ideas through both relaxed and upbeat songs, softPhantogram’s Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter’s debut album “Eyelid Movies” instills powerful ideas through both relaxed and upbeat songs, soft vocals, and powerful lyrics. The sharp instrumentals and unwavering energy give the album it’s edge. Filled with electronic vibes and a trip-hop beat, the album is filled with skilled style and technique, sure to send you on journey.
As you travel through the album, a hopeless story of lost love is revealed through song. The lyrics are calm yet slightly disturbing as they reference death and drugs multiple times as a use to demonstrate what heartbreak feels like. Upbeat instrumentals and melodies hide the dark tones. This gives the impression that the person experiencing these hard times is almost laughing at what has happened. Very few songs have a slow, somber sound, but the few that do bring you back to a broken world instead of wandering through a world with no cares.
The lyrics are up to interpretation and upon analysis can take a much deeper meaning. A line in “Mouthful of Diamonds” reads, “The devils won’t take you back out to the salty seas.” This can be interpreted back to the saying, “Between the devil and the deep blue seas,” which is an idiom for having to choose between two loathsome options. Lines like this are found all throughout the album, so a deep thinker and listener would thrive on “Eyelid Movies.”
Sarah and Josh go way back together. Both from New York, they were best friends growing up and have been making music together since middle school. In 2011 they signed with Barsuk Records. With all that time spent working on their style, technique, and skill, it’s easy to understand how Phantogram’s first album could be so strong. Their ideas and instrumentals flowed well together and you can get a good sense of the sound they are looking for.
Sarah Barthel’s airy and sensitive vocals fit the style perfectly. She can make a song sound vulnerable or strong by making slight changes in her singing style and she’s an overall amazing singer. Josh Carter’s voice is featured throughout the album on background vocals with the occasional song with him on lead. He has more earthy vocals but can hit impressive notes. Both singers have great strengths and blend well together, really pulling everything together.
“Eyelid Movies” is a strong album with great style. Strong ideas and sounds make this album fun and easy to listen to, while dark lyrics send deep meanings through the music. My journey through this album is a trip I would like to take again, and I encourage others to same.… Expand
Feb 18, 2012Eyelid Movies is definitely an intricate, interesting album. No doubting that. But it's also a bit of a mess. Too much is happening in thisEyelid Movies is definitely an intricate, interesting album. No doubting that. But it's also a bit of a mess. Too much is happening in this album that doesn't quite sound so good sometimes. The vocals are wonderful but the lyrics are clumsy at times. Some tracks are out of place. Some tracks stand out for me though. All In All, Eyelid Movies have a handful of great tracks and some tracks are unnecessary. C+… Expand
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