Phase Materia – “Physical Energy”


“Physical Energy” is a standout psych-rock single from Phase Materia, a band from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Formed by brothers Connor and Austin Smith, the project kickstarted in the spring of 2019. With “Physical Energy,” they firmly stand out with a harmoniously welcoming psychedelic sound, enamoring throughout.

Dazed vocals and mystique-filled guitar lines enter immediately, with lyrics referencing revivals, polarities, and mind vibrations “through eternity.” The title-bearing rise is gorgeous; the vocals exude a sweetly melodic composure with a hazy power-pop edge alongside the evident psychedelia, sounding like a tripped-out Matthew Sweet, in the best way possible. The lush verses and replay-inducing chorus assemble for a blissful track from Phase Materia.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of March 2023’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Psychedelic Rock.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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