EP REVIEW | Phosphene – Breaker EP.


ARTIST: Phosphene


RELEASE DATE: 29/04/16


Following on from their impressive self titled debut album release back in 2014, California based noisy dream pop trio ‘Phosphene’ have penned in the release date for their sophomore six track EP entitled ‘Breaker’ for the 29th April 2016. The band are made up of Rachel Frankle – Vocals/Guitars, Matt Hemmerick – Drums and Kevin Kaw on Bass/Guitar and they spent the best part of 2015 structuring the tracks that would eventually appear on the finished EP. With a sound that jumps from beautifully melodic golden dream pop to brilliant jangling noise pop ‘Phosphene’ are a must listen for fans of Slowdive, Interpol, Low and Alvvays.


The EP opens up with the instantly addictive ‘Be Mine’. A hypnotically melodic vocal carefully buffered by that catchy guitar progression takes you by the hand and walks you through the song’s inner structure before pushing you off the edge and leaving you to float on a wave of explosive lead breaks and pounding drum patterns. Up next, ‘Silver’ has post punk connotations as those driving bass frequencies and that steadily repetitive drum pattern carry the vocal with them, ploughing a sonic furrow through the musical arena with aplomb before the track explodes into a stunning finale of shimmering sound. ‘Hear Me Out’ slows proceedings down with its beautiful intro of vocal’s & guitar before the sparse drum pattern and brilliantly executed bass lines inject depth into the track to compliment those stunning vocals. I’m reminded of UK based ‘Lanterns On the Lake’ as the track plays out. Truly beautiful.

‘Rogue’ opens on a whirlwind of percussive hits and a shimmering guitar line before a duel vocal takes over and bathes the entire musical piece in stunning melody. Up next ‘Ride’ builds from its opening notes into a slice of dream pop heaven. This track possibly my favourite track on this entire release. ‘Ride’ optimises everything thats good with this modern day dream pop scene. Stunning vocal, stunning chord structures and everything just feels right. Instantly reminiscent of Canadian based dream poppers ‘Living Hour’. The EP’s closing track ‘Wild Decay’ is full of melody and has subtle shoegazing tendencies rumbling around in the guitar effects and those reverb induced vocal lines. Brilliantly executed, it’s a fitting end to what is a rather interesting EP.

Recommended listening!

‘Breaker’ is officially released on the 29th April 2016 & available to pre-order right now from: phosphenesf.bandcamp.com








Del Chaney

Del Chaney has spent the last three years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze, Dream Pop, Post Punk, Post Rock & Psych Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog – The Primal Music Blog. He is also a contributing writer for The Sound Of Confusion. His other arm – Primal Radio – has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.

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