“From the visceral, multifaceted fever dream "Umbra" to the spellbinding standout "Black Sheep,” the tender, aching "Jigsaw,” the churning, emotionally charged title track, and beyond, Transmute proves a deeply moving, enchanting listening journey from start to finish.” - Mitch Mosk
“Transmute is a decisively excellent collection of fuzzy, dreamy indie pop songs and it stands as a testament to Phosphene's evolution as a band and their ability to channel personal and collective experiences into a vibrant tapestry of sound and emotion — one that reflects the challenges and triumphs of our times, offering solace and connection in the process.” - Big Takeover Exclusives
“…On their new album, Transmute, they push their sound further into the universe. Between the vulnerability woven into the lyrics and sonic elements and the expansive palette give Frankel and Hemmerich more space to explore inside these shoegaze-adjacent, experimental pop songs…Phosphene continues following unexpected trails, leading us to places we never thought we’d find. It’s such a beautiful, inviting record.” - Brad Rose
“Transmute is surprisingly muscular-sounding for a dream pop record. These eight songs are, more often than not, anchored by prominent, sharp guitar lines, propulsive drumming from Hemmerich, and Frankel’s front-and-center vocals.” - Rosy Overdrive
Rachel Frankel and Matt Hemmerich first met 15 years ago, moving slowly from classmates to friends to partners in both life and music. They found common ground in 2000s indie rock and formed a band of their own, releasing their self-titled debut, Phosphene, in 2014.
In the decade since, the duo has morphed in sound and band configuration, but curiosity and empathy for the human condition remain staples in their songwriting. Third full-length album, Transmute, is the duo’s most adventurous work to date, introducing synths and digital string arrangements to tell stories of struggle and overcoming. Woven into every song is a deep curiosity for the gray areas of life—how sorrow can transform into joy, or the other way around.
“Our aim was to transform the raw material of certain subject matter like depression, war, and the pandemic into evocative anecdotes,” Hemmerich said. “It was essential that we could dive into the pain and grief of topics addressed on the album, while being able to come up for air.”