Phosphorescent Announces New Single ‘A Charm / A Blade’

Phosphorescent Announces New Single ‘A Charm / A Blade’

Out 27th May, Performed On Jimmy Fallon Last Night

‘Muchacho’ is out now on Dead Oceans, new UK shows added to May tour

Phosphorescent has announced a new single ‘A Charm / A Blade’ to be released on 27th May via Dead Oceans. The superlative track; all barreling piano and stabby horns galore, is the second to be taken from the critically acclaimed ‘Muchacho’, Matthew Houck’s most stunning album yet, that received praise from all corners of the press on release last month.

Currently on an full American tour, Matthew Houck and band stopped off to perform on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night.

Watch Phosphorescent performing a captivating version of ‘Muchacho’ favourite, ‘Song For Zula’, complete with full orchestra, here.


‘A Charm / A Blade’ is a classic Phosphorescent blend of country soul with atmospheric production, while the lyrics exude poetic frustration and heartache over an ill-fated relationship. Carefully striking a balance of “part euphoric escapism, part self-hating solipsism” (Uncut), ‘A Charm / A Blade’ is delivered with those crowded vocal harmonies, which somehow end up sounding more upbeat and vindicated than melancholy.
The glorious new Phosphorescent live incarnation will return to the UK for some dates next month, playing a sold out Village Underground in London on the 15th May and The Great Escape the following day before heading to a newly-added date at Primavera in Barcelona. He will be back in the summer to play Green Man in August and more UK dates will be announced soon.

Watch the graceful video for ‘Song For Zula’ here, as directed by Matthew Houck and Djuna Wahlrab:



‘Muchacho’ is available from SC Distribution, iTunes, Amazon, the local record store or at one of the forthcoming shows.


UK and European tour dates:

5th May Kilkenny, IE, Set Theatre, Kilkenny Roots Festival
7th May Manchester, UK, Ruby Loungeget tickets
9th May Brussels, BE, Les Nuits du Botanique – Rotonde
10th May Amsterdam, NL, Bitterzoet
11th May Berlin, DE, Kantine am Berghain
12th May Koln, DE, Blue Shell
14th May Paris, FR, l’Espace B
15th May London, UK, Village Underground – SOLD OUT
16th May Brighton, UK, Uncut @ The Great Escapeget tickets
Sat 18th May Glasgow, UK, ABC, Stag & Daggerget tickets
Sat 25th May Barcelona, ES, Primavera Festival
Fri 16th August Brecon Beacons, UK Green Man festivalget tickets

Press praise for ‘Muchacho’:

“Phosphorescent has followed 2010’s country-rock homage Here’s To Taking It Easy with an equally magnificent beast, mixing country jams with claustrophobic electronica and mournful Mariachi horns to create a beautiful but discomforting album.” 8/10, Uncut
‘Houck embraces his inner Eno’ 4/5, Mojo
‘Unquestionably excellent’ 4/5, Q
‘A beautiful outing in hauntingly, pastoral heartbreak. Impressive.’ 8/10, Clash
‘Matthew Houck is a gutsy, one man band who, when he wants to, can imitate a choir of heartbroken angels’ Esquire
‘Houck drifts in from heartache’s high plains with some magisterial material’ 4/5, The Independent
“These songs deftly map out that mess of ragged hurt, smoldering hope and self-righteous spite.” New York Times
‘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
‘Best of all, Houck’s emotional fragility and lyrical nudity are back in full swing’ SPIN
“Muchacho is a vibrant, evocative LP, and a welcome addition to the Phosphorescent catalogue.” BBC Music
“Throughout, Houck solidifies his standing as one of the most remarkable voices around. ” The Line Of Best Fit
“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

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