Hi. Oakland’s Phosphene are back. You may remember them from such articles as “Listen to ‘Metric’ by Phosphene” and “Gee Mum, this Phosphene is a dream!” Their latest offering, ‘Silver’ is an ethereal, shoe gaze inflected dream-pop gem and is premiering on Overblown. Recorded in Different Fur studios in San Francisco with Sean Paulson, the track is built on a sturdy, reliable bassline, chiming guitar and Rachel Frankel’s note perfect, angelic delivery. It’s a delightful track. It’s reminiscent of floating in water in the dead of night. Perhaps after one or two ill advised alcoholic beverages. Young romance and bad decisions. I know as a youth I spent way too much time singing “Fuck A Dog” by Blink 182 while drunk on a beach. “Silver” would have been a much more suitable soundtrack for such tomfoolery and shenanigans.
Matt Hemmerich, drummer and occasional guitarist with the group says, “Ultimately, we appeal to emotion with our music. I think we aim for an honesty in songwriting so there is always a relatable, human element.” I think it is safe to say this song is a success in that case.
The band plans to record a new EP in 2015, with “Silver” featuring prominently.