Being America’s premiere sample-based psych-pop group certainly has its advantages.
Aside from having an extremely distinctive sound, becoming tourmates with the likes of the Antlers, the xx, and Minus the Bear, and getting much love from the likes of ?uestlove and OutKast’s Big Boi, Phantogram (a NYC-based duo consisting of Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel) has had one simple problem that all bands eventually want to have: having too much music to release. The group’s historic 2009 saw it putting out its debut album Eyelid Movies on Barsuk Records, along with two additional EPs. Phantogram’s 2011 ended with it releasing a highly-regarded six-track mini-LP called Nightlife, which showed the group taking cues from the now-prominent chillwave movement, albeit on its own terms.
To help celebrate Nightlife‘s success and the tour that followed, Josh Carter took some time to sit down with PopMatters and answer the famed 20 Questions, here revealing a rather strong affinity for the works of Charlie Kaufman, a desire to travel through dimensions, and lists no more than 15 different discs that could potentially qualify as “the greatest album ever” in his mind . . .