Phantom Isle are back with new single, Mar V. Consisting of hypnotic synth lines, goosebump-inducing rhythm and a hint of mysterious atmos, Mar V sees Phantom Isle stray a little from their art-pop roots – think LCD Soundsystem/Hot Chip style indie-house. With this new track and style, The Fountain caught up with Phantom Isle to discuss the single and video in more depth.
TF: You have a new video out, what has the reception been like to Mar v?
It’s been great, especially from those who were at the shows that feature in the video. I think those bits bring back a lot of good memories for them. I texted my Mum and asked what she thought of the video…she said “it’s not for the faint-hearted. Not sure about the bit where your eyes have been replaced with your mouth”. Fierce critic!
TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence?
A journey, an odyssey if you will – taking the intrepid viewer from the heady heights of being on tour with Phantom Isle and partying with us, only to be then plunged into the gloomy depths of lockdown hell.
TF: What was it like to work with director Matthew Nelson?
Working with Matt is always a pleasure – being Josh’s partner he has been there for the whole three-year journey of this band right from the first show we did. We had so many whacky ideas in our heads and he was so open to implement all of them and augment that with some bizarre ideas of his own (i.e making my eyes into mouths!)
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
Just before lockdown we headlined at MaNo-Musikfestival in Marburg – it’s a small town but has a big university so they’ve invested a lot in live venues, one in particular being KFZ which was where we played on the closing night of the festival. Everything about that show was mind-blowing; the sound, the crowd, even the backstage area – everything was spot on. Such an amazing venue, hope to be back there at some point. We’ve yet to play in Bristol and one of my favourite venues there is the Thekla (which is a boat moored in Bristol Harbour), so to play there after this virus is out of the way would be tremendous.