If you’re like me, you have those certain albums that you continually go back to and visit often. At least three Phosphorescent albums are like this for me personally, probably because of Matthew Houck‘s incredible ability to transport me to a soft, intimate, warm place. Whether it is the light, dreamy, acoustic songs from his earlier work like Pride, or the more twangy, alt-country, fully orchestrated songs from his last album Here’s To Taking It Easy; there is a realm that Phosphorescent‘s music will take you to.
This couldn’t be truer for Muchacho, which soars sonically above any particular place but more lives in the clouds above the earth. Matthew’s silky comforting vocals are still present throughout, but now along with the usual Alabama spirit his songs breathe, there is more wide open vastness that echos into the air. The album floats in and out like waves, starting way out with an ephemeral intro track “Sun, Arise! (An Invocation, An Introduction)” then in to one of my favorite songs of the year so far “Song for Zula“. From there, just like previous Phosphorescent albums, you tend to just relax and enjoy the warm, comfortable ride. Even if this ride flies pretty high up in the atmosphere.
Muchacho is out March 18 on Dead Oceans. Pre-order the record here and take a listen to the whole thing streaming right now over at NPR’s First Listen here.
Phosphorescent – “Song For Zula”
Phosphorescent was touring with Father John Misty and they did this beautiful song together.
Father John Misty & Phosphorescent – “I Would Love You”
Here’s a couple of my favorite tracks off of Pride and a few videos including an unofficial video for “Song For Zula” and a great NPR tiny desk performance.
Phosphorescent – “Wolves”
Phosphorescent – “A Picture Of Our Torn Up Praise”
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