Best of 2011: Paste Magazine’s Top 20 New Bands

December 12th, 2011, 3:00 pm by Greg


20. The Lumineers
19. Generationals
18. Caveman
17. The Belle Brigade
16. Rubblebucket
15. Kopecky Family Band
14. Tennis
13. David Wax Museum
12. Of Monsters and Men
11. WU LYF
10. Phantogram
Hometown: Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Band Members: Sarah Barthel, Josh Carter
Album: Eyelid Movies
For Fans Of: The XX, Beach House, Cocteau Twins

The general consensus is that electronic-pop duo Phantogram materialized from the ether, emerging from nowhere to produce the type of danceable tracks Salvador Dali might craft if he traded his paintbrush for a drum machine and analog synthesizer. This is nearly the truth; Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter’s “nowhere” is the obscure New York town of Saratoga Springs. The pair had no pedigree as previous members of lauded bands or grand industry connections when they wrote the songs that became 2010’s sleeper success story “Eyelid Movies.”

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