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"Press & Reviews"

"Starting out in sparse chiming guitars territory, Elsie's vocal and organ backing kicks in turning the foreboding up another couple of notches. The songs highlight is a middle eight that allows Elsie to repeat the question-raising phrase "You modern boys are so so old" before the subtle industrial machinations and drums kick in again for a climactic end and the slow decay of the track."
- Q Magazine "Voodoo Romantic" TRACK OF THE DAY August 2010

"Sweeping through creaky corners and dark streets, Great Pretender is a seductive track indeed. Too calm to cause a havoc, too theatrical to be ignored, its eeriness battle for prominence with arty rock-noir and dystopian lyrics of "I am a thief/I am a liar", courtesy of the Morrissey-reflecting Elsie Martins. An inspirational track from this up-and-coming band, it's possibly the aural equivalent of a black cat sneaking across silk sheets in the melodramatic mansion of a slightly eccentric painter."
- Q Magazine "Great Pretender" TRACK OF THE DAY September 2009


"With nods towards Roxy Music, The Velvet Underground and Nick Cave, the band have been getting a lot of attention recently. It’s even been suggested that listening to them is the aural equivalent of watching a David Lynch film – praise indeed!"
- Classic Rock Magazine "Voodoo Romantic" TRACK OF THE DAY August 2010



" Sprawling gothic soundscapes, with singer Elsie Martins' ethereal warblings subsumed in Hammer Horror organs and Lynchian gloom, not a million miles from the hellish guitar-driven wastelands of Svarte Greiner or Willian Fowler Collins. Moody and hugely ambitious...this is the sound of happy nightmares." 7/10
- Rock Sound Magazine Album Review "Smoke & Mirrors" September 2010


"Think Eno’s best work with Roxy Music, then replace Brian Ferry with a comely chanteuse”. - My Old Kentuky Magazine "Smoke & Mirrors" Album Review September 2010

"…able to approach songwriting in a manner somewhere between film soundtrack composers and gleeful dada experimentalists, while at the same time never sacrificing accessibility or dramatic structure...Measure by measure, drop by drop, Elsie Martin is redefining London Gothic for the second decade of the twenty-first century" - The Quietus Magazine, "Smoke & Mirrors" Album Review September 2010

"Phantom should be huge. Fact. Superficially in the same bracket as Goldfrapp, La Roux and Florence & The Machine, this Canadian/British duo show them all exactly how to construct a beautiful, modern electronic album. The combination of ethereal vocals and lush e-bowed guitars over a dense treated background is deftly executed by the pair, a soundscape that lands them somewhere between Portishead and Cocteau Twins." - The Digital Fix Magazine, "Smoke & Mirrors" Album Review September 2010
"Phantom are skilled at crafting mood pieces that are sometimes sinister and menacing, at other times enticing and seductive. In fact, it's their recognition that attraction and danger often seem to come together that makes Smoke And Mirrors such a beguiling album." - Music OMH Magazine, "Smoke & Mirrors" Album Review September 2010

"Like a female Morrissey fronting the Bad Seeds". - Extreme Listening Mode

"Dark and subtly textured, moodily atmospheric soundscapes." - Time Out London

"The music they create has a very visual quality, bringing to mind Ennio Morricone soundtracks or Tarantino-esque scenarios." - Artrocker Magazine


- Various


"Classic Rock Track of the Day"

"Voodoo Romantic" TRACK OF THE DAY August 2010

"With nods towards Roxy Music, The Velvet Underground and Nick Cave, the band have been getting a lot of attention recently. It’s even been suggested that listening to them is the aural equivalent of watching a David Lynch film – praise indeed!" - Classic Rock Magazine


"Q Magazine Track of The day"

Sept 2010 "Voodoo Romantic" Track of the Day
"Starting out in sparse chiming guitars territory, Elsie's vocal and organ backing kicks in turning the foreboding up another couple of notches. The songs highlight is a middle eight that allows Elsie to repeat the question-raising phrase "You modern boys are so so old" before the subtle industrial machinations and drums kick in again for a climactic end and the slow decay of the track."


"Great Pretender" TRACK OF THE DAY September 2009
"Sweeping through creaky corners and dark streets, Great Pretender is a seductive track indeed. Too calm to cause a havoc, too theatrical to be ignored, its eeriness battle for prominence with arty rock-noir and dystopian lyrics of "I am a thief/I am a liar", courtesy of the Morrissey-reflecting Elsie Martins. An inspirational track from this up-and-coming band, it's possibly the aural equivalent of a black cat sneaking across silk sheets in the melodramatic mansion of a slightly eccentric painter."


- Q Magazine


Discography

"Great Pretender" Single
Label: Parallax Sounds Records
Release date Sept 26th 2009

"Voodoo Romantic" Single
Label: La Nausee Records
Release date 2nd August 2010 (free download release)

"Smoke & Mirrors" Album
Label: La Nausee Records
Release date 16th August 2010

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Bio

PHANTOM is:

Elsie Martins:
Vocals, Guitar, Organ, Korg, Beats & Pulses, Noises & Echoes

Jonny Martin:
Bass & Ebow Bass, Beats & Rhythms, Noises & Samples

Influences :
A fine single malt whisky, damp hair in the darkness, a well-cut jacket, The British Museum, Man Ray, false eyelashes, Baudelaire, the smell of rosin, Jean Cocteau, failing to resist the call of the handmade chocolate, a large, quiet cat on the bed...and Nasa Mars Rovers.

Montreal-born, PHANTOM chanteuse, guitarist and songwriter Elsie Martins was known in her Canadian homeland as a much-loved MusiquePlus music television presenter/journalist. Elsie left a burgeoning television career to relocate to London, UK, where she met Jonny Martin and formed Phantom.

PHANTOM’s debut single, Great Pretender, was released in September 2009. It was produced by James Aparicio, who's worked alongside bands such as XX Teens, These New Puritans and PHANTOM favourites Nick Cave and Mogwai.

The single gained the band a plethora of glowing reviews, interviews and features in The Quietus, Clash Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, Q Magazine, Musio Music TV, Cherry Red TV and Diesel:U:Music Radio plus many more.

With press accolades referencing Elsie as a female version of Tindersticks' Stuart Staples and Morrissey, nods to Nick Cave, The Velvet Underground, the Shoegaze genre and even mention of Phantom's music fitting a David Lynch film soundtrack, it has been a difficult task to describe the Phantom sound – a unique bittersweet weaving of the delicate and the bold; the thunderous and the devastatingly seductive, some have even hailed the band as leaders of “Gloomgaze”.

The debut album "Smoke & Mirrors" was released on the 16th of August and has already received a plethora of glowing press referencing Eno's best work with Roxy Music, The Cocteau Twins, Nick Cave, Goldfrapp, Portishead and David Lynch. Furthermore, Q Magazine and Classic Rock Magazine have also championed the lead single "Voodoo Romantic" with a Track of The Day accolade.

With a debut album already under their belt, a visually stunning and well-honed live show and great success amongst the music press already behind them, PHANTOM are sure to be at the top of your talent-to-watch list for 2010.