Midnight Mp3 - Make Phantoms
Song: Solitary Sleeps
For Fans Of: Arcade Fire, Death Cab For Cutie, Brendan Benson, Phoenix, Coldplay, Ryan Adams, Hurricane Bells
Written By - Randall
Why You’ll Love This: These days anyone can make music. With all the modern technology and the scourge known as autotune, it’s pretty darn easy to take a relatively small amount of talent and parlay that into a hit (see: Mike Posner, Taio Cruz, everyone with the word “Lil” in their name, etc.). But the danger of such musical types is that inevitably after the song fades to black all that’s left is the damaging quiet of emptiness.
Enter Make Phantoms, a passionate yet peaceful band from the heartland of Richmond, Virginia that has found a way to harness the pure emotion of this twisted life we lead. Hear me now and believe me later, this is the next great band in indie music.
Take the most haunting aspects of Death Cab For Cutie and fuse them with the most tempered grandiose elements of your favorite Coldplay song and what you’ll be left with is the paradoxical wonder of Make Phantoms’ sound. Comprised of 3 multi-faceted musicians, Barth T. Wooster, Mortimer Skarsgaard, and Alisander Borealis make up the simple-yet-outrageously-complicated sound that their prose excavates from the depths of the human soul. While there are certainly some sounds taken from other acts their entire feel is the unforeseen triumph of independent music making.
Completely working from a perspective of DIY technical developing, this is a band that defines the term “indie.” Their beats, every gorgeous vocal, and all the wonderful keyboarding is created solely by Make Phantoms. In an age where bands are so quick to lease out their precious artistic endeavors to whatever person will let them use their studio, this is far more than unique, that’s freaking badass. It is this individualistic dedication to standing alone that gives then so much of their distinguished creativity.
Their serene soul-chasing can be exceptionally heard in the resplendent, “Solitary Never Sleeps,” one of the most exquisite tunes you will hear anywhere. With such intricacy and a marvelous display of sublime, tempered rhythmic intonation; this is the type of music to listen to when the troubles of life are too much to handle as you fall asleep in bed each night. Yet, despite the calming vocals and angelic melodies there’s a dazzling amount of depth that this band produces, both lyrically and emotionally.
Here we’re hand in hand
Just tracing ‘round the ghosts to see them off
Wave goodbye, then laugh
Our newly scared selves to sleep alone
Pair lyrics that have this much wonder with the harmonizing waves of a smoky, enchanted rhythm and often times it feels like the soundtrack to the Aurora Borealis itself.
I know that up until now you’ve probably never heard of Make Phantoms. Unless you’re a dedicated music connoisseur from south of the Mason-Dixon line it’s unlikely you’ve been exposed to one of the best kept secrets in modern indie. But aren’t you tired of the music that does nothing but leave you empty inside? Do not be betrayed by the siren’s song of the sounds that pander to the lowest denominator; take some time to appreciate that which is worth appreciating. Music like the majesty of Make Phantoms is more than simple notation, it is the foundation of that which is life changing. They may be under the radar now but if they continue to push boundaries and challenge the perception of beautiful music I assure you that it won’t be that way for long.
Click here for a free official download of ‘Solitary Never Sleeps”
Get their EP “Solitary” exclusively on itunes.