Phantogram played one of my favorite sets at Bumbershoot last weekend. In it, the NY duo played several new songs from a forthcoming EP (Phantogram's label Barsuk Records tells us that as of now there's still no release date or title for that EP); earlier this summer they also shared a new song called "16 Years" with MOOG Studios in Asheville, North Carolina--their session was videotaped and you can watch and listen to the beautiful song above.
Says MOOG of Phantogram's performance:
Vocalist/keyboardist Sarah Barthel sings hauntingly through an MF-104Z Analog Delay while playing not one, but two Moog synthesizers. Her left hand is in charge of the Minimoog Voyager Select Series providing big fat bass lines; the Little Phatty Stage II is arpeggiating in latch mode throughout the entire song. It is also being MIDI synced with the drum machine that percussionist Tim Oakley is performing on. In addition to the drum machine, Tim uses the Minimoog Voyager XL for a percussive sound.
Meanwhile, guitarist/vocalist Josh Carter covers both the full sustain and the mute modes of the Moog Guitar. Going through an MF-104Z Analog Delay and the MF-102 Ring Modulator, Josh creates an ethereal backdrop with the tremolo arm of the Moog Guitar.
You can see photos from the session on MOOG's website, as well as read comments from other fans, including one who says, "I bet playing in the Moog Sound Lab is better than sex!"