Artist of the Week: Phosphorescent
Phosphorescent (2003) is the moniker of North-American singer songwriter Matthew Houck, who began his recording career under the name of Fillup Shack (2000’s Hipolit). Phosphorescent first couple of records (2003’s A Hundred Times or More and 2005’s Aw Come Aw Wry) triggered acute comparisons to other dignitaries of his art-folk, alt-country and slowcore-gospel muses such as Will Oldham (aka Bonnie Prince Billy), Sparklehorse and Neutral Milk Hotel. After the experimental textures and vocal overdubs that defined his 2007’s breakthrough record Pride, Phosphorescent released To Willie in 2009, a rather unexpected tribute album to Willie Nelson in which Matthew Houck counted for the first time with the help a crew of gifted musicians.
Three years after the more conventional and full-banded take on Americana that was 2010’s Here’s To Taking It Easy, Phosphorescent is back with the critically acclaimed Muchacho, a record that offers a surprisingly tight and cohesive set of songs that somehow manage to merge Brian Eno’s ambient approach to both Bob Dylan’s songsmith and Daniel Lanois’ attention to detail.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.