Been waiting five years for new music from Matthew Houck aka Phosphorescent! This upbeat, sunny tune, with a nice little space out break in the middle, heralds the return of an amazing entertainer - means he's going on tour, too. You should go see him. I've seen him live a couple of times - he's a compelling, charismatic, and mesmerizing performer.
If you haven't heard Phosphorescent yet, get his last one, 2013's Muchacho. You'll love "Song for Zula" - a majestic piece with strings that got some exposure. The entire album - which is an album, so I love that - is a stand out. Magical!
Here's the Press Release. With Tour Dates!
Phosphorescent’s Matthew Houck has announced his new album ‘C’est La Vie,’ to be released October 5th on Dead Oceans. Houck’s first new Phosphorescent release in five years chronicles a life-altering period which saw him fall in love, start a family, leave New York for Nashville, and build a studio from the ground up. With a focus on translating these profound experiences to music as intuitively as he could, Houck pushes the boundaries of what a Phosphorescent record can sound like, balancing the earthy and the incandescent, the troubled and the serene, creating his own musical cosmos in the process.
Nowhere is this more evident than on the new song “New Birth In New England” from ‘C’est La Vie,’ a deceptively breezy snapshot survey of some of those life-altering events, condensed to five genre-defying minutes. 'C’est La Vie’ was produced by Houck and recorded at his Spirit Sounds Studio in Nashville, newly built specifically with these sessions in mind. The album was mixed by Matthew and Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton, Arctic Monkeys).
'C’est La Vie’ follows the 2013 Phosphorescent album ‘Muchacho,’ Houck’s best-reviewed and best-selling album to date featuring the undeniable standout track “Song For Zula.” Hailed by Pitchfork for its "beauty and profundity" and Consequence of Sound for "striking gold at every turn," 'Muchacho' saw Houck top multiple year-end lists, perform on Jimmy Fallon, tour extensively as a headliner and also alongside the likes of Father John Misty and The National, play Glastonbury, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza - and record 2015's three-LP, career-spanning 'Live At The Music Hall' set in Brooklyn.
PHOSPHORESCENT TOUR DATES
8/3-8/4 Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon Music Festival
11/08 New Orleans, LA- One Eyed Jacks *
11/09 Austin, TX – Emo’s *
11/10 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater *
11/12 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom *
11/14 Santa Ana, CA – Observatory OC *
11/15 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theatre *
11/17 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore *
11/21 Seattle, WA – Neptune *
11/24 Denver, CO – The Oriental Theatre *
11/26 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater *
11/27 St Louis , MO – The Ready Room *
11/29 Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre *
11/30 Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre *
12/01 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue *
12/02 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom *
12/04 Detroit, MI – Saint Andrew’s Hall *
12/05 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall *
12/06 Toronto, ON – Mod Club *
12/07 Northampton, MA – Pearl Street *
12/08 Boston, MA – Royale *
12/11 DC – 9:30 Club *
12/13 Brooklyn, NY– Brooklyn Steel *
12/14 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of The Living Arts *
* = supported by Liz Cooper and The Stampede
New music from Phosphorescent!! This makes me so happy!