Helsinki-based, dark electronic duo Phantom releases their single, Lost, internationally on February 17th via VILD Recordings. It is the last single release from the duo’s debut album MMXII, due to be released on February 24th.
“The ten-thousand-year-puberty of the human mind – and some lost luggage”, that’s what the song Lost is about. Inspired by 1200’s poets in the Middle East and their very absurdly relevant ideals, the sinking, beautiful city of Venice, and its Biennale of art where we played opening week shows in 2013, a very old, sad and wise man in Venice, a crazy Swedish business man, a depressed billionaire art collector… And the profound solitude of our planet, and its irrational leader species, who can’t stop its self-destructive ways of dealing with fear and an inferiority complex towards the nature of the Universe.
Phantom is the fruit of love of two artists, music lovers, geeks, misfits and treadmill rebels, who funnel their existence in the time-space-continuum into something of a new media spiced black magic.
It all started in 2012, in a cave underground and outside of Helsinki, in the fortress island 18th century bastion, that, some say, inhabits some deeply disturbed Russian ghosts. The ghosts have nothing to do with this story. Or the Russians. Nevertheless.
After drinking way too much coffee and playing with their musical toys together, the slightly jazz, glitch and acid influenced pair decided to join forces. They merged into creating sounds to summon the stories of the dead and the unheard into a somewhat haunting mixture of alternative pop, nu-trip hop and electronica.
To beef up the out-of-this-world experience the band built in their laboratories some pretty rad multi-dimensional elements to visualize and rapturize their electro-knob geekish performance. The UFO (Ultrasonic Frequency Oscillator) controller and Z-Vector (Kinect magic VJ software) were born.
Their biggest dream is to change the world and have superpowers.
”A little bit of the Knife, a smattering of Björk and enough eerie ambience to leave you thoroughly entranced.”
– Drowned in Sound
“A great duo that we like to describe as the Finnish Portishead.”
– Chris Hawkins, BBC6 Radio
”There’s a lot to love about formally trained jazz singer Hanna Toivonen and beat-maker Tommi Koskinen, not least their ability to turn creeping, nocturnal electronica that could be coolly standoffish in lesser hands, into big, heartfelt ballads you want tocurl up and cry in.”
– The Guardian