PHNTMS – Carabelle
A little bit rock, a little bit pop, a little bit of everything, really, Philadelphia based PHNTMS’ new single, Carabelle (seen/heard here) features rich emotive vocals, spare but beautifully played instrumentation, just a touch of reverb, and a melody that is instantaneously infectious. These are qualities of all great songs and PHNTMS has them all here on display.
Lyrically, Carabelle, sung by vocalist Alyssa Gambino, is a tale of a toxic, yet intoxicating, relationship gone South. It’s that taste that you get at the end: a sense of loss and relief doing battle with each other:
“Carabelle got a dirty mouth
But I kissed it and wanted more
Carabelle always talking shit
Acting like she’ll never get caught”
The song continues to describe Carabelle’s unfaithfulness that finally brings things to an end, even though there is a desperate thirst that can’t be quenched now. Unlike most relationship-gone-wrong songs, the sentiments here are not subtle, they are in your face so that you must take notice. It’s a refreshing frankness in music that we need more of.
PHNTMS is Alyssa, Adam Jessamine (bass), Mikal Smith (guitars), and Gene Murphy (drums). The band combines arena rock and 1960′s style soul to form a unique and pleasing sound. You can find more information on PHNTMS by heading up to the band’s website, which contains all of the social and streaming links. You can pick up a few of the band’s tracks digitally by using the Apple Music link here or on the website, although Carabelle is not yet a track available for purchase.
Check out this truly unique blend of rock and soul by picking up some PHNTMS music now!
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