"Nightlife is kind of an extension of the whole process of making and touring behind Eyelid Movies, and it feels in a lot of ways like the completion of what we were doing with the songs on that album," says Carter, adding that "the two [records] really go together in our minds. Nightlife couldn't have been written anywhere other than in clubs and hotel rooms during this experience we've been having for the last year or two."

Although the lyrical and sonic themes of the new recordings are in keeping with those of the previous album, Barthel notes "It's just amazing how much our lives have changed in such a short period of time, and how all that change has made us able to focus in on what we want to be doing musically. We're really excited about these new songs, especially playing them live, and Nightlife has definitely pushed the energy of the band back into that great feeling of working on making something new."

In the whirlwind year and a half following the release of Eyelid Movies, Phantogram (along with touring drummer Tim Oakley) have been on the road almost constantly, building a well-deserved reputation as a tremendous live band. They've grown from supporting diverse tours with early supporters like The xx, The Antlers, and Minus the Bear to playing nearly every major North American festival (Coachella, Outside Lands, Sasquatch, Treasure Island, Lollapallooza, Bumbershoot, and others) to regularly headlining sold-out shows on their own. Along the way, they've stopped for appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live! and drawn praise from audiences, critics, and fellow musicians from ?uestlove to Fitz and the Tantrums, from Kings of Leon to Big Boi.

Morgan Kibby captured hearts and eardrums as the beautiful, spectral voice on M83's near universally acclaimed LP, Saturdays = Youth, and she now unveils White Sea, with a newly completed EP, This Frontier, due digitally October 5.

White Sea emerges out of Kibby's creative endeavors with French electronic-pop guru M83. Having started as a co-writer, including the runaway anthem "Kim & Jessie," Kibby went on to contribute vocals and synthesizers on stage, stepping into a more collaborative role and soaking in all there was to learn in her rousing setting.

"While on tour with M83, I was exposed to so many new things," Kibby explains. "When I returned home, I sat down and taught myself Pro Tools, and how to produce. I've really spent the last year figuring out what music I'm excited about making."

Conceived, recorded and produced nearly entirely on her own, This Frontier, embodies the multifaceted nature of Kibby's cosmos, which draws inspiration from disco bass lines, '60s spaghetti westerns and the envelope-pushing work of Ennio Morricone's soundtracks. The five-song indie-pop EP explodes with cinematic crescendos, tinkling chimes, shining harmonies, dramatic bass lines, party beats, tempered synthesizers, all threaded by Kibby's unmistakable, angelic voice. Fused in layered textural complexity and cascading vocals, the scope of material defies categorization other than anthemic, dancey, and rich with harmonies, proving Kibby to be entirely more than just a pretty voice.

Embracing her new toolbox of skills, Kibby expanded her repertoire further and recently completed a bouncy remix of School of Seven Bells' "Dust Devil," rich with her signature moody synth sound. The track will accompany the September 14 digital release of single, "Heart Is Strange."
Next up, White Sea will set sail live. Stay tuned for tour dates.



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