It’s been over four years since Phantogram last released a full-length album. The music duo comprised of multi-instrumentalists Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter have since been venturing around the world in a seemingly endless tour and experimenting on new songs. Now they return with Ceremony, a new 11-track effort following the release of 2019’s stream of singles in “Into Happiness”, “Mister Impossible”, “In A Spiral” and “Pedestal”. The band launched the project through their latest single in the energetic “Dear God.”
“We spent 8 years on the road. All of my stuff had been in storage for years. I wanted to feel comfort and time to appreciate what was around me and a place I could call home,” band member Sarah Barthel said of their Ceremony project. “Life keeps going while you’re in your album cycle bubble. When it pops, you have to pick up the pieces. Once you stop, all of the distractions go away. You’re left with a lot of feelings, feelings that got trapped outside of the bubble. Those feelings are what came out on Ceremony.”
Barthel and Carter produced the record in Los Angeles, spending a week at Rancho de la Luna studio before finishing the record in Sarah’s “Harmonie West” home studio, an homage to their previous studio in New York where they recorded most of their discography. The band worked through a lot in the half-decade since their last major release too, as their sound changed and warped after the passing of Barthel’s sister Becky. This not only influenced the record’s content but switched the band’s approach and overall sound for their latest LP.
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