Smoke & Mirrors


Release Date: 16 August 2010
Format: Digital
Label: La Nausée Records

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Part 1: Sphinx/We Float/Blood Music/ We Float (Death In Plains Remix) (21.22)

Part 2: I Am Not/Voodoo Romantic/Great Pretender/Fever/Love In A Void (23.38)


Phantom chanteuse, guitarist and songwriter Elsie Martins was known in her Canadian homeland as a much-loved MusiquePlus presenter/journalist. Relocating to London, UK, she met bass player Jonny Martin and formed Phantom.

With their debut album, Phantom create a new percussive landscape for their music. They used recordings of places, objects and sounds: an antique typewriter thump, the flap of a letter dropping through a letter box, heels clicking on concrete, the Mars Space Rover rumbling across the surface of the red planet. Each sound has been carefully treated and morphed into a rhythm or texture to support compositions. In two parts with no track marks, the album is seamless when played in sequence. The songs build and bleed into one another just as they do during Phantom’s captivating live set. It mysteriously transports you into Phantom’s world of alluring, sensual sounds, captivating your imagination and enticing you into their silky neo-noir musical landscapes.