Eyelid Movies - Phantogram
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  • Summary: The upstate New York indie rock duo releases its debut full-length album.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Eyelid Movies ultimately has more atmosphere than songs, but for a band goin’ down the road to see Beth Gibbons, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
  2. Phantogram have put forth a collection of heady and stimulating songs primed for in-the-dark listening.
  3. A refreshing, unusual and diverting first record from two new talents, then, and one to recommend for jaded electro and indie fans who felt the New York scene had gone as far as it could with art-skronk.
  4. The best bits of Eyelid Movies show range and attention to detail, so it's hard to care when they downshift into waves of serpentine sound. Eyelid Movies is a sumptuous, seductive record, easy to let fall into the background, sure, but easier still to fall into.
  5. It should be noted that Eyelid Movies owes a great deal to Portishead's entire catalogue in terms of song structure, phrasing, and instrumentation. This might rub some folks the wrong way, but this album still manages a unique, cohesive sound that definitely merits investigation.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
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  1. Jun 30, 2011
    10
    One 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
  2. LomaxLomax
    Mar 20, 2010
    10
    Absolute perfection! Interesting music that will be in my rotation for the year.
  3. DustinC.
    Feb 12, 2010
    9
    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
  4. MicahC.
    Feb 12, 2010
    9
    This album will likely be in my top 5 of 2010. There's a little bit of everything here--but it's not schizophrenia, it's a gorgeous genre-mashing groove. Faaantastic! Expand
  5. JerryC.
    Feb 12, 2010
    9
    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
  6. Jul 11, 2012
    9
    bloody and brilliant! No couldn't just say that. Sonic music really; electrical madness and such, and Battles and Baths and Fruit Bats and Neon Indian and Cults and completely none of that in all! Expand
  7. Feb 18, 2012
    5
    Eyelid 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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