Entirely recorded, mixed, and mastered in their personal studio, today’s premiere by Phase Materia for their latest single ‘Between the Folds’ features classic 60’s recording techniques and equipment alongside modern sonic appointments. Phase Materia’s first album is a recounting of several strange and inexplicable happenings around the time of the band’s initial formation.
As it’s been described, the founding members came in contact with a series of intelligences both organic and ethereal. What followed was a divulgence of narratives, seven of which can be interpreted via each track on the record.
The ‘Folds’ are said to refer to a certain ‘collapsing of waveforms’ used for ’tertiary viewing practices.’
Several field recordings can also be found throughout the record, most notably featuring a harpist from Hamburg, Germany which was adapted into ‘Artifact I.’ Other sounds were recorded throughout several nights during the band’s alleged encounters.
Since this time, the band claims to have compiled even more narratives for future distillation.
Phase Materia is a psychic rock band currently resonating in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Dissolving and congealing with the world around them, the group was formed by brothers Connor and Austin Smith as a recording project which came alive in the spring of 2019. Together with long-time friends, Owen Shartle (guitar) and Dustin Cain (bass) they seek to create hermetic realities incased in deep, vibrant layers of sound.
Blending elements of neo-psych rock with lavish, dream pop melodies, Phase Materia attracts listeners like hallucinatory moths. Their orchestral keyboards swirl around intricate guitars, while a harmonic bass leaps from the rhythmic scaffolding. Smith’s vocals weave in polyrhythms as he leads a guided tour into an alchemical world of symbols. Together they invite the mind to wander through a doorway to the aether beyond.
For such a young band, Phase Materia’s approach to their craft is undeniable. Their personal ethic is reflected in the mantra: “The Great Work can be done, but is never finished.”