Phosphorescent (band)

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Phosphorescent
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Phosphorescent at the Echo in Los Angeles, California.
Background information
Born 1980 (age 33–34)
Origin Athens, Georgia, United States
Genres Indie rock, indie pop, indie folk, alternative rock
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, bass, drums, ukulele
Years active 2001–present
Labels Dead Oceans
Misra
Warm
Website phosphorescentmusic.com

Phosphorescent is the working moniker of American singer-songwriter, Matthew Houck (born 1980). Originally from Alabama, Houck began recording and performing under this nom de plume in 2001 in Athens, Georgia. He is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.

Overview[edit]

Before recording under the name Phosphorescent, Matthew Houck traveled the world playing under the moniker Fillup Shack and self-released a limited pressing of the album Hipolit in 2000.[1] Houck later changed his recording name to Phosphorescent, and released the full-length LP A Hundred Times or More in 2003. Notably, in the liner notes of A Hundred Times or More, Fillup Shack is credited with the drum recordings. The album was released through Athens-based independent label Warm Records. The following year, he released the EP The Weight of Flight. Phosphorescent rose to wider critical acclaim after releasing Aw Come Aw Wry in August 2005 and Pride in October 2007. The latter was named the 12th best album of 2007 by Stylus Magazine[2] and received an 8.0 rating from indie website Pitchfork Media.[3] In 2009, inspired by Willie Nelson's tribute album to Lefty Frizzell To Lefty From Willie, Houck crafted a tribute album to Nelson himself entitled, To Willie which was released through Dead Oceans. Phosphorescent released Here's to Taking It Easy in 2010.

Muchacho, Phosphorescent's seventh studio album, which was held to critical acclaim was released in 2013.

In popular usage[edit]

The song "Wolves" from 2007's Pride was used in the 2011 film Margin Call, starring Kevin Spacey and Jeremy Irons.

The song "Nothing Was Stolen" from 2010's Here's to Taking It Easy was used in the 2012 film The Vow, starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum.

The song "Song for Zula" from 2013's Muchacho was played during end credits in the 2013 film The Spectacular Now.

"Song for Zula" was also featured on the soundtrack album for the 2014 film The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Label
2003 A Hundred Times or More Warm
2004 The Weight of Flight EP Warm
2005 Aw Come Aw Wry Misra
2007 Pride Dead Oceans
2009 To Willie Dead Oceans
2010 Here's to Taking It Easy Dead Oceans
2013 Muchacho Dead Oceans

Singles and other releases[edit]

Year Title Label Description
2005 "I Am A Full Grown Man (I Will Lay In The Grass All Day)" The Great Pop Supplement UK limited 7" release
2010 Live / Ghost Lights EP Dead Oceans limited-press tour EP

Compilation appearances[edit]

Year Compilation Song
2003 Esopus Magazine Number 1 Public Domain "Home On The Range" (trad.)
2006 Awful Bliss Records: Songs For Another Place "One Of My Turns" (Pink Floyd)
2009 Live at KEXP Vol.5 "Wolves" (solo, live)
2009 Splice Today: The Old Lonesome Sound "Old Folks At Home (Swanee River)"(Stephen Foster)
2009 St. Ives Records: It Happened Here "South (Of America) (live)"
2010 MOJO Magazine: Let It Be - Revisited "Across The Universe"(Beatles)
2010 More Townes Van Zandt By The Great Unknown "Why She's Acting This Way"(Townes Van Zandt)
2011 MOJO Magazine: Harvest - Revisited "Are You Ready For The Country?"(Neil Young)
2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Soundtrack "Song For Zula"

References[edit]

  1. ^ David Jeffries, "Artist Bio: Phosphorescent", AllMusicGuide, retrieved October 30, 2008.
  2. ^ Stylus Staff, "Top 50 Albums of 2007", Stylus Magazine, October 31, 2007.
  3. ^ William Bowers, "Album Reviews: Phosphorescent - Pride", Pitchfork Media, October 22, 2007.

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