ALBUM REVIEW: Smile – Phantom Island | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 19.11.21







An unexpected surprise, in fact a series of treats; Smile’s Phantom Island rises triumphantly above the murky waters of 2021 to deliver a sun-kissed package of joy with sweeping instrumental vistas. Sometimes dirging gloriously into Krautrock, driving electro, disco and pop. Often cinematic, and at times with a firm nod to the spaghetti western themes of Ennio Morricone. Even ghostly whistling that would have set Lee Van Cleef on his toes.

Phantom Island is the brainchild of Swedish producer/writer/performers Joakim Åhlund and Björn Yttling. Guests include Primal Scream’s Andrew Innes and Swedish singer Robyn, notably singing on the super catchy single Call My Name. Pop melodic throughout, this Phantom Island will not disappear without leaving behind a strong after taste and a warm glow. Love it.


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