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Composer Thiago Desant, Phantoms Vs Fire's USP involves mixing synthesizers, traditional instruments, and orchestral arrangements. As a modern concept, the compositions on 'Swim' are rich and intricate, swinging from the playful buoyancy of the title track to the darker, ethereal wails of 'Nightwalker'. You suspect that Philip Glass fans would find a lot to like here.
– Electronic Sound Magazine (UK)
Phantom Vs Fire’s Swim is really unlike anything you’ve heard. It’s an electronic album that appears out of the ether fully-formed and alien, like OPN, Tim Hecker, SBTRKT. Phantom Vs Fire is both organic and synthetic, combining different sonic worlds to give us a musical experience unlike we’ve ever been given. There’s a ghostly quality to this album that feels very cinematic, as if it’s the score to a haunting or an emotional breakdown. Something like “Breathing” builds to a crescendo of strings and keys that works its way into the baroque and plucked “Swim”. “Nightmares and Dreams” has a catchy groove, while “VHS Hypnosis” wains like classic Boards of Canada and 80s synth scores. File Phantom Vs Fire under: one of a kind.
"A truly stunning work of art. An extraordinary palette of acoustic/organic and electronic/synthetic instruments carefully and methodically splashed on an absorptive canvas."
– Vehlinggo (Aaron Vehling)
'Swim' is an excellent album, beautifully combining a wide array of instruments and influences. I'm especially curious for the future of this project. The talent and motivation seem to be present and if all goes well, this could become a name to be reckoned with in the near future." – Merchants Of Air
“The music is so intricate, offering colorful instrumental tracks that match up to a glorious sonic canvas of high-quality musings, and high-quality sound. Rich and opulent, the record holds amazing moments and complicated arrangements that all fans of Philip Glass’ craft shall adore.”
– The Noise Journal
"A modern orchestral soundscape large on emotion and beating hearts. Flawless and one of the best long players we have heard in quite a while!" – Diamond Deposits
"...whilst we are not here to lecture anyone about their music, this album may well inspire some original ideas for others to develop" – Beehive Candy
"This music is ideally spacious, while at the same time combining complex rhythmic devices with lush orchestral parts to create an ambiance of balanced contemplation. This is the perfect soundtrack for your star gazing, chill out sessions or just for sheer reverie" – Big Takeover Magazine
"Deep and hazy electronic grooves. Straight underwater music, and much like life below the surface, this one is singing to its story and rhythm... What a beaut" – Poule d'Or
“A one man band, Thiago C. Desant creates a world for the listeners to immerse themselves into”
We Are Cult
“Desant creates an unique, original musical experience of depth and beauty. This album is totally compelling and an absolute must have”
– Floorshime Zipper Boots