The Phosphenes


Finally, a friendly shore

Finally, a friendly shore is an evolution of the band’s sound, with a wider stylistic range and more nuanced arrangements. Taking the listener down dead-end streets, across the Pacific and back, through medical research facilities and across sticky kitchen floors to island prisons and secret bathtubs, it’s an explosion of different genres and diverse instrumentation that nevertheless has a distinct coherence and thematic consistency.

Reviewer Paul Cowling admires its eclecticism, declaring it “an album that sounds like an impeccably curated anthology… a set of smart, wry, brilliant songs.” (Read the full review.)

Recorded in late 2016 and early 2017 at Soundpark in Northcote, produced by the band and Idge, and mastered by Adam Dempsey, Finally, a friendly shore is available to purchase or stream on Bandcamp, iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, and wherever else good music can be found.

No Through Road / America

The first single from the new album, a double-A-side of No Through Road and America, is now available. It’s the perfect opener for Finally, a friendly shore and a great introduction to The Phosphenes’ sound. Listen to or buy it right here, or check it out on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, or wherever else you get music.

Or, you know, just check out the music video we made for No Through Road:

(Cameras: John Watson, Stefanie Robinson, Kath Potter. Editor: Tom Mackie.)


Halflight (2013) is a journey from the watershed to the sunshine via holey pockets, television, an interstellar void and the Flying Wallendas. Along the way the guitary pop of this reticent quartet was delicately sprinkled with keys and reeds to emerge exuberantly from the gloomy winters of the last few years. Channeling four songwriters and astride a decade of history, Halflight lives!

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Upcoming gigs

Sunday 29 July 2018

from 5 pm @ Elsternwick Park Sports Club

170 Glenhuntly Road, Brighton
$15 (pre-purchased) or $20 (at the door)
All proceeds to Teen Talk

This is a memorial concert to celebrate the creative passion and musical legacy of Steven Marshall White, prolific songwriter, guitarist and bassist for the last several decades around Melbourne, who died late last year. The Phosphenes are on at 8pm, preceded by Greg Steps and Jane Cameron, and followed by Steven's last band The Winterfriends. More details to come…

Album launch coming soon

Finally, a friendly shore

Somewhere in the inner north

The new album is done, and in all the online stores, and we just got a box full of limited edition CDs from the manufacturer. So watch this space! Album launch coming real soon! Like our Facebook page, or join our email list to get the news first.

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Other Phosphenes

There are more bands called the Phosphenes than you might think. Check them all out! Us Phosphenes gotta stick together.