Local music fans may recognize Nick Whitson through his previous work in Atlanta bands Elevation and Alchemy, but since the summer of of 2015, he’s remained somewhat under the radar, developing his latest project Phantom Electric. To assist him in the venture, he’s recruited a formidable squad of local songwriters and musicians including Daniel Draddy, Sean Michelson (Alchemy), Peter Norman (Spectralux), Matthew Pendrick (Slow Parade/Gas Hound) and Kristopher Sampson (Ponderosa).
The band is scheduled to release their debut digital 7″ on Friday, and today we happily bring you the premiere of the group’s video for the dreamy A-side cut “Friends.” Visually, the DIY clip keeps things simple, alternating between soft focus closeups and wide shots of the band performing in a dimly lit rehearsal space dressed in muted blue Christmas lights. It’s a suitable approach — one that directs your attention to the slow-burn dynamics of the guitars and moody vocals, which in turn allows the song’s atmospheric intensity and salient message to take center stage.
“The song is a take on one’s character, looking in the mirror, recognizing and accepting your own responsibility and truth,” Whitson told Earbuddy, who premiered the track in September. “I wanted to call out solipsism, and take time to address overcoming your own mind to become aware of all things around you and your impact and influence on others in life.”
The Friends 7″ is out October 6. Pre-orders are available here.