The Phantom Sound is the alter ego of an American musician named Marisa. The LA born, London based artist has a long history with music, having spent a substantial proportion of her life playing bass or providing backing vocals for various bands. Right now though, she’s very much focused on composing her own material, currently hard at work putting the finishing touches on her debut solo album.
Her influences in this endeavour include many legendary punk and new wave acts of the seventies and eighties, such as The Ramones, David Bowie and Duran Duran. She’s even managed to recruit some high profile industry veterans to help bring the forthcoming record to life. Ken Stringfellow, known for his affiliation with The Posies, R.E.M. and Big Star, is contributing his producing and playing skills, while Blondie drummer Clem Burke and Rilo Kiley’s Pierre DeReeder can also be heard on a few of the tracks.
To build anticipation ahead of the compilation’s release, Marisa recently unleashed its first single, “Get to Me”, which has already been receiving a lot of attention across the pond. It blasts right into a loud and energetic riff that blares behind a keen melody during the first verse. The tempo remains raised through a cutting chorus characterised by lyrics which are equal parts defiant and resolute.
The instrumentation loses none of its ferocity as it bridges the gap to the second stanza. The words and harmony are even more expressive and obstinate this time around, maintaining and emphasizing the adamant attitude set at the start. A raucous salvo of forceful guitars and determined drums follows before another resonant vocal volley that builds expectantly alongside the music. It all culminates in one last bracing chorus which brings the piece to an invigorating end.
This is a raw and fiery rock anthem in its entirety. Its spirited execution and dogged demeanour excite continuously as it unfolds. Keep an eye out for the rest of the album coming soon, but for now you can find “Get to Me” on Bandcamp.