Track of the Day: Phantogram, 'Bill Murray' (Premiere)

Breezy guitars and airy vocals make a melancholy soundtrack fit for its titular actor

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“We named it Bill Murray because we always pictured a sad Bill Murray for the visuals of that song,” Phantogram’s Josh Carter writes via email. “We want him to be in the music video.” Whether Mr. Suntory Time will appear in said video remains to be seen, but listeners should have no problem catching a Murryian vibe between the lines of the song, premiering here at The Atlantic today. “Bill Murray” lopes along gently, its side-chained synth buzz, breezy slide guitar, and xylophone clinks making a soft bed for Sarah Barthel’s airy vocals, which ache with a loneliness that many of the actor’s characters could relate to. The duo’s new record, Voices, arrives February 18 on Republic.

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Ryan Burleson is a writer and musician living in Nashville.

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