“Relatively quietly, Phantom Caste recently released one of the most impressive albums of the year so far. The Radiohead-ish Fort Worth band's eponymous album is atmospheric -- shimmering guitars, synth washes -- but hyper-melodic, a mix of early-'80s romanticism and Brit-influenced machine-fetishism.”
““Here In Hundreds” by Phantom Caste is a hazy, grungy song which still retains the delicacy of the dreampop genre.”
" ‘Here In Hundreds’ opens with glistening guitars and effects caught halfway between The Cocteau Twins and, indeed, The Horrors...’Fireworks’ is arguably their best song as falsettos twist around twanging guitar shapes; the song swooping between euphoria and darkness in a most appealing manner...this band could become something quite special."
"We’ve had this sucker on repeat over at The Indie Machine for the last few days and we thought we would share it with you... – there’s not a song on it we don’t like. "
"Fort Worth’s Phantom Caste is one band my ears are enjoying getting to know. The delightful jam “Here In Hundreds” makes me think this is perhaps what Fleet Foxes would sound like if they decided to drop the plaid and well add a dance-y post-punk rhythms vibe to their music."
“The moody electronic rock quintet Phantom Caste released its debut EP, Hands to the Light, last summer to considerable praise from critics and fans. The band’s high-drama combination of runaway beats, angular guitars, dark watercolor synths, and lead singer/guitarist Paul Cooksey’s soaring vocals...”
“Phantom Caste's debut EP, Hands to the Light, is chock full of the same brand of swagger and syncopation that made those other acts such popular fixtures in the region. Opener "The Silent Tide" sets the tone for the rest of the EP and is filled with reverb, synths and energy. But Phantom Caste can also do moody: "Choke" nearly sounds like an Interpol cover with its dark, masochistic lyrics and all. Credit frontman Paul Cooksey for that much; his voice is front and center throughout this release, powerful and fragile all at the same time, while displaying fairly impressive control when reaching those higher registers. The songs on this debut EP are catchy and listeners will find that their reactions to this crop will run the gamut from addiction to love. In short: This is a very promising start for a band that's fairly new to the scene. More, please.”
“propulsive rhythms and glorious melodies, all polished to a sheen so fine you can see your reflection in it.”