Everyday on Last Day Deaf, is pretty unique dealing with tons of new music chatting about cult flicks, going back in time re-visiting our “Retro Games”, and discovering/exposing most if not all forms of art. But, today I feel some kind of blessed for this double track premiere by Phantoms vs Fire. You know sometimes, this unstoppable, everyday involvement-hunting (its been almost 3 years now!) may get you down, but these two tunes by Brazilian multi-artist Thiago C. Desant, is an energy boost-injection. (Once again I will use this space to personally thank Alexander Leonard Donat who has been near me/us from Day #0; furthermore himself and his label Blackjack Illumnist Records are an inseparable piece of the site).
But, back to the music now, the first track ‘Cave Dreams‘ is a pure chillwave/electro ‘heaven’, a ray of light and hope running non-stop for 211 seconds. If Giorgio Moroder with Tycho, or Toro y Moi ever joined forces, then probably this would be the sound. A pure soul delight and a perfect mix of chillwave and electro…
The sky gets grey with the dark energizer ‘It Ends‘, the 2nd track of this double feature. This one is the leap forward for Phantoms vs Fire, who shows no fear of unfolding all his talent in just under 3 minutes. Built upon a steady melodic line with the synth key notes keeping the tempo & the tension, this one is an absolute banger capable of bridging the gap of the modern club culture, the “wave” scene and the lost indie spirit. Beyond words…
The 4th album ‘WLDLFE‘ is out on March 1st through Blackjack Illumnist Records. And we can hardly wait….
Brazilian multi-artist Thiago C. Desant operates under the moniker of Phantoms vs Fire, and, with “WLDLFE”, he creates a full, deep, mostly electronic sound, yet manages to create a sound as if someone was playing traditional, unplugged instruments in your room. It is a breathtaking instrumental album that offers a wide range of moods and colours: from playful, palmy arrangements to opulent, darker, orchestral sounds.
During the writing process Desant recognized that many tracks started optimistically, then turning into something darker. Eventually, he discovered a leitmotif, the current state of our natural environment and how we treat it — the beauty of nature and the people destroying it. Certainly, an emotional topic, and the music transports that powerfully.
The pumping beat in the opener “Plastic Animals” might be misleading to the listener without patience. Wait for the hazy, tropical synth sounds to take your hand, leading you into a faraway forest in which more and more deer appear from behind the trees to welcome you in their enchanted circle. Sometimes similar to the sound aesthetics of Boards of Canada — not retro, yet yearning for a hunch of romantic apocalypse. The cinematic touch shouts for feature films including spring time footage; the ethereal character will appeal to dream poppers, even without whispering voices.