Music Review/Phantom Phunk/Looping/Written by: Marushka
October 27, 2015
Look outside your window and see the leaves swirling in the wind, circling in a never ending whirlpool of color. The air has changed, but winter’s promise has not yet been fulfilled. It is a mysterious time of year and Phantom Phunk may have the perfect song to ease your way into the new season. “Looping,” written by Hector Alexander, will capture your soul with the chiming bells of its introduction to the slow and steady beat of the drums. It will have you circling obscurity and landing right back where you belong, on the sofa, under a blanket, waiting for the front door to creek open. No one will be there but you will keep looking anyway.
“Looping” nails the genre - graveyard pop - that he and his band have created. It is a hazy dream-like trance. It will pull you deeper and deeper into its abyss. It will force you to pay attention to background effects and voices that crescendo when you might expect decrescendo, and compel you to get lost in Hector’s haunting voice. This is Phantom Phunk, drawing you in right where they want you and then coming up behind you to draw you in again.
For any of you have gotten lost in a maze and felt the panic of not being able to reach the exit, “Looping” will give you an unnerving sense of déjà vu. “It can be a disturbing experience, the concept of looping, even to the point of inviting a kind of morbid curiosity,” Hector told me when he had the chance to stop by my office and chat between rehearsals and taking care of a sick kitten. “It’s like walking up to a huge roller coaster and thinking, should I get on or shouldn’t I?” Trust me, go for the ride.
The memorable and straightforward lyrics of “Looping” are only surpassed by the music and the voice which will get into your head and not let go. Here is one more song on their discography that proves that these guys have staying power. Don’t miss what’s in store for the future by subscribing to their newsletter, looking them up on Facebook or on their website, PhantomPhunk.com.