In today’s age, technology has flooded our lives with content. Caught in the mire are modern musicians who champion an art form that’s more widely distributed than any other throughout human history. And we, more often than not, overlook the music created by unfamiliar faces because it’s challenging. We’d rather have an easy listen, a known quantity to skim through while we think about something else.
Hearing is easy, but listening is difficult. Welcome to “Why We Like It”, where we rebuke the trends in favor of thoughtful analysis and underknown sounds.
“A Week Ago (ft. Jst Ray)” — Phantom Phunk
How We Found It
Genre-blending band Phantom Phunk’s latest single was sent to us through our SubmitHub inbox. Their discography dates back to 2016 with their only full-length release, Arboles Ossific. Since then they have released a series of EPs and singles, “A Week Ago” being the third released in 2020.
Why We Like It
Phantom Phunk’s eclectic list of influences and deep roster work to their advantage on “A Week Ago.” The song feels like the collision of so many ideas and sounds the result of which is not an unspectacular bouncing in opposite directions, but a coalescing of these ideas to create something new. The trope of having too many cooks in the kitchen does not apply to them. Through finding musical agreement through live-instrumentation and mastery over electronic music, Phantom Phunk’s output is refreshingly unique and does the almighty job of pushing music forward through building on what came before.
The track explodes into life in the form of distorted guitars, knocking drums and smooth harmonization after a stifling opening. The combative first verse from Jst Ray matches the melodic but somewhat frantic energy of the song, with the line “In the ring with hopes and fears” encapsulating the disorientating signature of the song. Shortly the hook arrives to offer an escape from the madness, a plea to simply fly away. Through all of this the track seems to be constantly shifting and progressing while its foundations remain constant. In just under three minutes, Phantom Phunk are able to execute progressions through tagging instruments in and out of the fray like a wrestling match.
The cohesion of a track can be attributed to more than a miracle, it is down to the pure talent and musical knowledge of the members of Phantom Phunk. As the song’s tone shifts back and forth it is done through the precise knowledge of how they want to move their audience, of what music can do when it is injected with pure passion from everyone involved. It is impossible to make a song like “A Week Ago” without that passion for all music, not just a specific corner of it.
From Phantom Phunk
We feel it’s best when we, as a group, write free form. Our natural influences take over to help guide the creative process on a new song. We can always shape the music sonically as we go, but it’s about finding that spark, or groove. Sometimes we feel like taking more creative risks by mixing live instruments alongside electronic sounds. We aim to create original sounds that carry the song to take a life of its own. It’s always the most fun when the music writes itself!” – Phantom Phunk for CentralSauce (2020)
More From Phantom Phunk
If you would like to keep up with Phantom Phunk’s releases, check them out on Twitter @PhantomPhunk. Below is the link to their full-length album, Arboles Ossific.
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