Phantogram's Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter are partners only in art, not romance, but their new "mini-LP," Nightlife, plays out like a passionately raging clash between two lovers. "Turning Into Stone" and "A Dark Tunnel" both reflect the intimidating dark gloss that typically attends Phantogram's Carter-sung tracks--"I've got new ways of turning into stone," he sings on one song. "I'll shoot down every person that I wanna love . . . I'll bite the head off every little mourning dove," he threatens on the other. The opposing force to his stony pessimism is Barthel, whose songs are lighter and quicker, like skittering heartbeats. (With the exception of the title track, which, contrary to its name, is not a club jam but a slow-seeping burner over which Barthel sighs, "Love was the only thing I ever needed").
Nightlife is in stores today. You can listen to it in full below: