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Matthew Houck, an Alabama native, now Brooklyn resident, has delivered five albums as Phosphorescent since his 2003 debut. Houck has a highly distinctive artistic voice, but also a refreshing, rolled-sleeves approach to his expression. It was 2007's Pride – a delicate and spare, haunted and haunting work of ragged country, bittersweet southern gospel and forlorn folk-ish drone ... Read more in Amazon's Phosphorescent Store

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  • Vinyl (March 19, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: DEAD OCEANS
  • ASIN: B00AYR2FPM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,022 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sun, Arise! (An Invocation, An Introduction)
2. Song For Zula
3. Ride On / Right On
4. Terror In The Canyons (The Wounded Master)
5. A Charm / A Blade
6. Muchacho's Tune
7. A New Anhedonia
8. The Quotidian Beasts
9. Down To Go
10. Sun's Arising (A Koan, An Exit)

Editorial Reviews

Matthew Houck has a highly distinctive artistic voice and a refreshing, rolled-sleeves approach to his work. 2007's Pride a spare and haunting work of country, southern gospel and forlorn folk-ish drone first caused ears to swivel in Phosphorescent's direction. He followed it with To Willie, then 2010's Here's To Taking It Easy, an enthusiastic plunge into country rock and rolling Americana. Now, his sixth album Muchacho flashes yet another color in the subtly shifting Phosphorescent spectrum.

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Track by track you feel genuine emotion and the need to tell a story through the beautiful music he creates.
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Another excellent record from Matthew Houck, aka Phosphorescent.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 19, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I came to this album as a Phosphorescent novice on the recommendation of a friend. I have plainly been missing out by not hearing him sooner.

I'm not in a position to compare this to other Phosphorescent albums, but I think Muchacho is a very good album indeed, with thoughtful, haunting and intelligent songs, beautifully arranged and - in their idiosyncratic way - very well sung. The instrumental is a rich, electronic and very beautiful. There is a mixture of the mournful and the hopeful here, and a mixture of styles, too, held together by the slightly cracked, mixed-back and multi-tracked vocals which I found very expressive and affecting.

I think that there are some things about this album which remind me of Leonard Cohen. Now, I know it sounds absolutely nothing like a Cohen album, but Matthew Houck has the same ability to write a straightforward but lovely tune and to put things into extremely evocative, sometimes elusive words. The brilliant Muchacho's Tune is a good example - haunting, self-excoriating and in search of redemption. I don't want to push the comparison too far because things like the vocals and overall sound here and on Old Ideas, for example, couldn't be more different but I do think he shares some of Cohen's genius for conjuring insight and feeling in a song. I mean that as the highest praise.

This was a surprising and delightful discovery for me, and I'm now off to seek out some of Phosphorescent's other work. It's a really fine album and warmly recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 19, 2013
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Up until now Matthew Houck the guiding light behind the Phosphorescent moniker has specialised in warm slices of road weary Americana not least 2010's rollicking "Here's to taking it easy" and of course his earlier tribute to a great country outlaw "To Willie". There has always been in Houck however an inner Neil Young screaming to experiment and push the envelope. On "Taking it easy" hidden amongst the country rumble was "Los Angeles" a huge rolling beast of a song which really was a meeting of rustic Alabama and experimental Brooklyn combining Houck's own geographical journey from rural to urban. His new album "Muchacho" plays a different card derived from Houck's decamp to Mexico following relentess touring and exhaustion. The restless troubadour has therefore incorporated for the first time electronica in a big way into his songs and packed them full of undulating synthesiser arpeggios not least the opening shot of "Sun Arise - an invocation, an introduction" a sort of Fleet Foxes hymnal meets Aphex Twin oceanic beats and bass lines. The album is bookended by its counterpart "Sun's Arising "A Koan, an exit" essentially the same track but slightly more acoustic. If you love spiritual harmony tunes then this will push all your buttons but frankly for this reviewer one bite of this particular cherry was already pushing it and the second portion created musical indigestion. Much better is the splendid signature track from the album "Song for Zula". Here the combination of Houck's reedy voice and slabs of synth combine in a great song underpinned by soaring pedal steel. Everything is in its right place on this track and it should be the immediate target for a download.Read more ›
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 3, 2013
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This is quite frankly one of the most beautiful albums I have EVER listened to.

The melodies are very beautiful and they flow together so well.

I gave this album a 9.6 out of 10 because it just pieces together into beautiful textures.

BUY IT
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Volt & Volume on November 2, 2013
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American Lo-Fi Indie Rock act Phosphorescent (a.k.a. Matthew Houck) released his sixth studio album, Muchacho, to widespread critical acclaim. Produced by Matthew Houck and largely recorded by him and a few key session players, Muchacho was conceived, when the singer/songwriter isolated himself in a small community in Mexico (due to mental and physical exhaustion after a tour in support of his previous album, Here's To Taking It Easy). Muchacho took shape, as Matthew Houck went on solitary walks in the woods and swam in the lakes. The rollicking 1970s Country-Rock of Here's To Taking It Easy (think Willie Nelson and early Eagles) still permeates much of Muchacho, but the singer/songwriter has added an unorthodox element in the shape of electronic instrumentation. While this unlikely marriage initially seems like an odd combination, it actually works and makes for a fascinating, creative and distinguished album. Skillfully written, arranged, recorded, produced and engineered, Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck is an extremely talented singer, songwriter and musician with impeccable taste and an impressive attention to detail.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. E. Taylor on April 19, 2013
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I'm a huge fan of Phosphorescent (Matthew Houck), and love the fact that he never puts out the same record twice. If you loved "Pride" but haven't follwed him since, this may not be your cup of tea. And vice versa... an introduction to his music via "Muchacho" will not necessarily lead to love of his earlier work. He's introducing electronics here in a big way, but not in an abrasive way. The synth sounds he chooses to incorporate do not battle with his acoustic guitar or other more traditional folk instruments, but accent them, and in some cases (such as the jaw-dropping "Song For Zula"), sculpt them into something entirely new.

It's only April, but seriously, come December if there's a song that's impressed me more than "Song For Zula," well, somebody's gonna have to do something pretty damb amazing to come up with a better song of the year. Between the undulating Philip Glass strings, the immediately recognizable melody, and Matt's cracking voice wrapping itself around one of the most harrowingly contradictory lyrics ever written... it's almost exhaustingly beautiful and achingly sad. Self-affirming triumph and absolute emotional desolation collide savagely here, and the ending is not a happy one. It's not for the timid, but the rewards of a song like this are enormous. Houck has had some starkly soul-bearing moments in his career ("My Dove, My Lamb" comes to mind), but this song raises the bar to new heights.

Oh yeah, the rest of the CD is really good too....
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