Seattle's other hometown label had an impressive year, introducing lots of fresh and exciting music from bands like Maps & Atlases, Menomena, and Blunt Mechanic.

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Best Barsuk Release of the Year

Phantogram's "Eyelid Movies"

Seattle's other hometown label had an impressive year, introducing lots of fresh and exciting music from bands like Maps & Atlases, Menomena, and Blunt Mechanic. But Barsuk's best and brightest 2010 release came from a boy/girl electronic duo from upstate New York. Phantogram's Eyelid Movies is a study in smooth, sexy dream-pop—hazy and sensual, but also intensely energetic, at times even danceworthy. Phantogram is more cool and sophisticated than indie, and quirky, which makes them a different sort of bet for Barsuk. And it proved a smart one: The duo's spent the year touring with some big acts, playing Sasquatch!, and making a stop at Neumos—a visit that drew a line around the block. —Erin K. Thompson barsuk.com/bands/phantogram

 
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