New album is out now on Dead Oceans, Phosphorescent head to UK + Europe in May
The music video for the breakout song from Phosphorescent’s new album ‘Muchacho’, ‘Song For Zula’, was directed by Matthew Houck and Djuna Wahlrab and premiered last week at NPR Music and The Line of Best Fit. Both Matthew and Djuna speak with NPR about their artistic vision and motivation behind the single, slow-motion tracking shot.
Watch the graceful video for ‘Song For Zula’ here:
Watch Phosphorescent performing live on Pitchfork TV just before the bank holiday.
‘Muchacho’, Phosphorescent’s 6th full-length album, debuted last week at no 58 on the UK album charts and on the Billboard Top 200 at #57. Released on March 18th over here, the record received an Exclusive First Listen with NPR, Pitchfork Best New Music accolades and deserving praise from many others as evidenced below.
Phosphorescent are currently on a US spring tour with Strand of Oaks, with many dates already Sold Out. Prior to their European jaunt, the band will perform at Bryce and Aaron Dessner of The National’s Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival on the 27th April and then on the legendary Late Night With Jimmy Fallon the night after. The band, a revamped 5 piece led by Houck, will then hop across the pond for a string of UK and European shows in May including London’s Village Underground on the 15th May and a headline slot at Uncut’s Great Escape showcase on the 16th May. Full details of all the European dates are below.
Phosphorescent’s summer schedule is slowly being revealed as well: it’s is now confirmed that they will perform at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago on 20th July.
UK/EU tour dates:
05/05/13 Kilkenny, IE: Set Theatre (Kilkenny Roots Festival)
05/07/13 Manchester, UK: Ruby Lounge
05/09/13 Brussels, BE: Les Nuits du Botanique – Rotonde
05/10/13 Amsterdam, NL: Bitterzoet
05/11/13 Berlin, DE: Kantine am Berghain
05/12/13 Koln, DE: Blue Shell
05/14/13 Paris, FR: l’Espace B
05/15/13 London, UK: Village Underground – get tickets
05/16/13 Brighton, UK: Uncut @ The Great Escape – get tickets
Press praise for ‘Muchacho’:
“There are little wonders all over Muchacho, an album that hopefully will take Houck to a wider audience as popular musical tastes begin to turn his way.” Associated Press
“Muchacho is also Houck’s most accomplished release to date—his most heartrending and life-affirming, equal parts lost-love devastation and hip-swaying, horn-led exultation.” AV Club
“Muchacho is a vibrant, evocative LP, and a welcome addition to the Phosphorescent catalogue.” BBC Music
“This album is an epic extension of 2011′s Here’s to Taking it Easy, with the same hazy cocktail of Southern-state shimmer and hard-won romanticism that combine to create Houck’s easy charm and what feels here for all the world like Houck’s defining artistic statement.” Caught By The River
“A beautiful outing in hauntingly pastoral heartbreak. Impressive.” Clash Music
“Houck’s become something of a master.” Exclaim!
“Throughout, Houck solidifies his standing as one of the most remarkable voices around. ” The Line Of Best Fit
“A hell of a production…Houck embraces his inner Eno” MOJO, 4 stars
“These songs deftly map out that mess of ragged hurt, smoldering hope and self-righteous spite.” New York Times
“What everyone strives for and few achieve– both original creative with lyrics that capture and beguile.” WithGuitars
“On Muchacho, Houck gathers together everything he’s attempted– beery, rollicking country-rock, haunted tribal hymnals, regret-soaked bar room heartbreak– and fashions it into something close to a defining statement.”
BEST NEW MUSIC (8.8), Pitchfork
“Phosphorescent has followed 2010’s country-rock homage Here’s To Taking It Easywith an equally magnificent beast, mixing country jams with claustrophobic electronica and mournful Mariachi horns to create a beautiful but discomforting album.” Uncut
“Houck’s career should be viewed as a blueprint for young songwriters in how to grow with each recording. As his songs have grown more complex, they’ve also become more focused. No matter what happens to Phosphorescent from here on out,Muchacho is an artist setting a new standard.” Under the Radar