New Music: Phosphorescent

Phosphorescent will be releasing their new record, Pride, via the Dead Oceans label. Coming a little over 2 years after 2005’s impressive Aw Come Aw Wry, the new album finds singer/songwriter Matthew Houck (pictured) playing every instrument himself, only using a makeshift choir on a few songs for outside help. The lead single, “A Picture Of Our Torn Up Praise”, has been floating around the web for a few weeks now and finds Houck exploring darker sounds than his last record.

From the label: His achingly cerebral delivery recalls Arthur Russell, but honestly, "Pride" sounds like nothing else we've ever heard. These are poems uttered in an empty field, punctuated by shouts and hollers, as if from a singer either abandoned or possessed.

MP3 :: A Picture Of Our Torn Up Praise
(from Pride)

Daytrotter had Phosphorescent in for a session a few months ago and came away with an excellent set of songs, including these 2 that are included on Pride:

MP3 :: Cocaine Lights
MP3 :: A Death, A Proclamation

And here are two of the standouts from Aw Come Aw Wry. Highly recommended:

Bonus MP3 :: Joe Tex, These Naming Blues
Bonus MP3 :: I Am A Full Grown Man (I Will Lay In The Grass All Day)
(from Aw Come Aw Wry. Buy here)

Catch Houck and crew on tour this Fall:

10/09/07 Grantham, PA - Larsen Student Union, Messiah College
10/10/07 Rochester, NY - Bug Jar
10/11/07 Scranton, PA - Test Pattern
10/12/07 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern
10/13/07 Grand Rapids, MI - The DAAC
10/14/07 Chicago, IL - AV-aerie
10/15/07 Urbana, IL - Canoply Club - Void Room
10/18/07 Denver, CO - Hi Dive
10/19/07 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
10/22/07 Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
10/23/07 Portland, OR - Towne Lounge w/ Au
10/24/07 San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern w/ Lazarus, Alex Delanda
10/26/07 Los Angeles, CA - El Cid
10/27/07 Phoenix, AZ - Casa Blanca
10/29/07 Austin, TX - Cactus Café w/ Weird Weeds
10/30/07 Denton, TX - Rubber Gloves
11/04/07 Wilmington, NC - Bella Festa w/ Bowerbirds
11/05/07 Washington, DC - Black Cat w/ Bowerbirds
11/07/07 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Side Chapel w/ Bowerbirds
11/08/07 Allston, MA - Great Scott w/ Bowerbirds
11/09/07 New York, NY - Cake Shop w/ Bowerbirds
11/10/07 Brooklyn, NY - Venue TBA (Todd P show) w/ Bowerbirds
11/22/07 Den Haag, Netherlands - Crossing Border Festival w/ Akron/Family
11/23/07 Brussels, Belgium - AB Club w/ Akron/Family
11/24/07 Brighton, UK - Pressure Point w/ Akron/Family
11/25/07 Bristol, UK - The Croft w/ Akron/Family
11/27/07 Aberdeen, UK - Lemon Tree w/ Akron/Family
11/28/07 Glasgow, UK - The Beat Club w/ Akron/Family
11/29/07 Newcastle, UK - The Other Rooms w/ Akron/Family
11/30/07 Manchester, UK - Phoenix w/ Akron/Family
12/01/07 Leeds, UK - Faversham w/ Akron/Family
12/02/07 London, UK - Cargo w/ Akron/Family
12/04/07 Nottingham, UK - The Social w/ Akron/Family
12/05/07 Coventry, UK - Taylor John's House w/ Akron/Family

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