Eclectro-rock duo Phantogram made a major announcement on Thursday (June 16): Their new album, Three, is now available for pre-order, and a North American tour is set for the fall.
Ahead of their performance on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter answered questions via Facebook Live. One well-meaning fan asked a variation of the timeless question, "How is this album different from your others?"
"It's very Phantogram, because we're Phantogram," Barthel said, facetiously.
Luckily, Carter chimed in: "It's a little bit tidier than the rest of our music. A lot of our songs are condensed, which I like, we both like. We were trying to structure things with a pop sensibility, but it has very psychedelic moments, very dark moments, very uplifting moments...so yeah, check it out."
Three includes collaborations with the-Dream and Tricky Stewart, and is reportedly based on the recent death of Barthel’s sister. The lead single, "You Don't Get Me High Anymore," was released Wednesday (June 15).
“It’s a lot more fucking boombastic and heavy,” Barthel told Pitchfork. “I think the record, to us, is about heartbreak. We’ve kind of had a tough year, so a lot of inspiration and drive came from our own experiences.”
Phantogram's last project was as part of the group Big Grams, with Big Boi from Outkast.
Three will be released Sept. 16, and tickets for the fall tour go on sale June 24.