Beat Tape to Peep: "Delirium" from Phantom Thrett
Phantom Thrett is about as low-key as it gets. I’ve hung out with him at his shop Serious Cartoons Records and Tapes in San Bernardino countless times, puffin’ on blunts and posting up at shows but I still couldn’t tell you what he was thinking like…ever. The only times I’ve seen him get wide-eyed excited is when he shows me the weird ass tapes from his shop’s walls. I remember bumping one that sampled Noam Chomsky speeches over trippy ass loops from some Rhode Island cat…Phantom Thrett’s beat tapes only come out on BandCamp (phantomthrett.bandcamp.com) and are part of that very same weird musical conversation that takes place on his shop’s tape walls. Phantom Thrett is aggressively weird but preternaturally musical and it’s not until “Chase Revelation” on this album where he gives you any straightforward melodies. Up until that point, he is Willy Wonka, easing you down the spiral of his candy coated sonic river with lots of ambient rhythms earlier in the record and then revealing some mind-blowing earworms from ”Chase Revelation” until the fuzzy trippy bass and funky vocals of “Crystals” at the end of the album. The album sounds like someone that doesn’t sleep normal sharing with you the loops of their consciousness. I’ve seen Thrett in the shop, cooking and chopping these freaky pieces of tunes and tapes and he’s only getting more into this. Expect lots more on his Bandcamp soon.
Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is a staff writer for Zus Entertainment, a Jooseboxx and Untapped Hip-Hop contributor, and member of the Inland Empire nerdcore hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers.