Still something of an undiscovered secret, Glasgow’s The Phantom Band merrily toil without pressures of expectation, grappling precariously with a cluttered bag of influences.
Coming four years after acclaimed second album ‘The Wants’ (review), ‘Strange Friend’ proves that the Phantoms’ Kraut-folk muddle is still as giddily rewarding, as Rick Anthony’s saturnine tones slither – like Jim Morrison on Buckfast – through unpredictable textural twists.
At times anthemic (‘The Wind That Cried The World’), rustic (‘Atacama’), esoteric (‘No Shoes Blues’), eccentric (‘Galápagos’) and often all of the above, this third LP’s motley magic merits the coveted breakthrough that these Celtic chancers deserve.
Words: Simon Harper
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Listen to ‘Strange Friend’ in full via Deezer, below…