Bay Area dream pop trio Phosphene have released “Wild Decay,” another single from their sophomore release, the 6-song EP Breaker, due out on CD and digital formats on April 29th. Phosphene had this to say about their latest single:
‘Wild Decay’ came out of a great summer jam session last year. There was a special energy in the air, perhaps from all that sun, which gave the song a vibrant glow. This track also marked a new, adventurous chapter in our songwriting. We created a three-part bridge and utilized abstract lyricism, which we tended to stray from in the past. Recording this song was the most fun we had in the studio.
Single: “Wild Decay”
Members: Rachel Frankel (vocals/guitar), Matt Hemmerich (drums), Kevin Kaw (bass/guitar)
RIYL: Wye Oak, Torres, Alvvays
“It was like we were breaking through something,” says Bay Area trio Phosphene’s Matt Hemmerich (drums) on their forthcoming EP Breaker. “We were writing direct, propulsive music that felt intensely cathartic.” The trio, comprised of Hemmerich, Rachel Frankel (vocals/guitar), and Kevin Kaw (bass/guitar), spent 2015 preparing their sophomore 6-song release Breaker, the follow-up EP to their S/T debut album that came out during a whirlwind 2014, garnering acclaim and generating support in the Bay Area from The Bay Bridged and The Owl Magazine (the band just played the magazine’s 10 year anniversary show), and resulting in winning free studio time from the Converse Rubber Tracks program, where the band recorded eventual EP track “Silver,” which premiered at Overblown.
They returned to the same recording studio, Different Fur Studios, on Valentine’s Day 2015 to track a second song, “Be Mine,” which premiered on The Bay Bridged and will also appear on the EP, and eventually to track the rest of the release, partnering with Sean Paulson (Tobias Jesso Jr, DIIV) for recording and mixing, and tapping Piper Payne from Coast Mastering to master the record.
Breaker, set for release on CD and digital formats on April 29th, 2016, was written during a time of severance. “Some of us were closing chapters in external relationships, which brought a clean slate mentality to the band,” says Hemmerich. Breaker is a diverse but unified pack of tunes. “For our second release, we sought a more cohesive, defined sound. The three of us got to write as a trio for the first time, so there was a natural evolution.” The melodies and instrumentation for Breaker were primarily inspired by Slowdive, Interpol, Low, and Alvvays, while the overall aim, as Hemmerich told Overblown, “is to create honest, emotive songs that we can share with others. We’re hoping to evoke something with our music”.
“That tightened sound shines through on ‘Ride,’ without losing any of the hazy breeziness that draws the listener in and keeps them swaying along and raptly gazing at their shoes. Hear the band serve up their latest slice of sweet, shoegaze-y goodness by hitting play below.” – Exclaim
“‘Silver’ is a plodding, gorgeous indie tune that keeps the time nicely, perfect for head-bobbing on a dark night.” – Magnet Magazine
“…it’s their heart and potent earnestness that really give their music a sense of its own restless creativity and a perspective that carries with it a distinctly unique approach…[‘Be Mine’] takes its cue from the grand pop rock statements of bands such as Alvvays and Interpol. Singer-guitarist Rachel Frankel’s voice glides by atop the thudding roll from the drums and the shimmering notes stretched from their guitars—it’s a lovely piece of pop music that masquerades as a dense rocker, one that gradually reveals itself only after a handful of listens.” – Nooga.com
“The shoegaze influence clicks like a pair of scuffed once-studded black leather boots as Frankel observes: ‘You are past prime to be a star.’…What’s certain is that Phosphene hasn’t past their prime, but are rather emerging from the shadows they’ve created with their dark dream pop for a clear morning of clear headed fans agreeing: Yes, we enjoy this. Bring us more.” – Audio Femme
“The chill and airy single is pure sonic goodness full of relaxing vibes. – GroundSounds
“…a band that could very well be the next Daughter or The National.” – The Revue
“I’ve always been a sucker for the strong female alternative fuzzrock bands. Wye Oak and Twin Sister were my first modern soirees, and now someone new approaches to the dance. Phosphene is an indie rock quartet based out of Oakland, and they just released their first LP. The soundscapes are just the type of garage-based lo-fi I love, and call me a sucker but I bet they’d be downright charming to witness live.” – The New Lofi