…gonna give me hell, SINGLE/VIDEO: PHNTMS – Carabelle
by Walter Price
With each release, Philadelphia’s PHNTMS continue to solidify the fact that they are one of the most exciting indie bands going today. And their new one, “Carabelle”, is arguably their strongest yet. Going deep into the emotional turmoil and addictive attractions of toxic relationships, one could safely assume that this affecting track is based heavily on firsthand experiences. And if you listen close enough, you’ll realize that you’ve been there and done that as well.
“Carabelle is what you get after a toxic relationship ends. One day, they will hear this song and it will hurt. It’s the visual of a heartbreaking after spending five years traveling to a different state to make a relationship work out. That feeling of being completely in love and even though there were red flags, you still choose to be with this person. Everyone has a Carabelle.” – PHNTMS
Drawing parallels to 4 Non Blondes or perhaps Lindsay White, “Carabelle” is a cohesive and dynamic study in song crafting. From the natural delicateness of the guitar work, a soft and comforting sound that cradles nicely the vast and earnest vocal ranges of Alyssa Gambino, to the raw honesty of the lyrics. All of it culminating in a pure mixture that invites the listener to experience every emotionally charged moment that this song has to offer.
And to add more beauty to this already powerful song, the band’s Adam Jessamine along with Tom Flynn have created a stunning film that highlights picturesque views of Philadelphia. And you can now stream this queer-acoustic-folk-love-anthem and view the film, now at the GTC.
“Everyone has a Carabelle. Who was your Carabelle?”
Band photo via Facebook.
Filmed by Tom Flynn
Directed by Adam Jessamine
Recorded by Mike Watts
Mixed by Jackson Hoffman
Mastered by John Naclerio
“We openly talk about lesbian relationships in our music and we want to bring hope to anyone who is in the closet and doesn’t feel safe coming out. Whether you are out as queer or not, your identity is valid and if our music helps you escape heteronormativity for a brief moment.” – Gene Murphy