Phosphorescent is the working moniker of American singer-songwriter Matthew Houck. 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.
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. 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 and received a 8.0 rating from indie website Pitchfork Media. 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.
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.
Singles / 7" / Other Releases 
||I Am A Full Grown Man (I Will Lay In The Grass All Day)
||The Great Pop Supplement
||UK limited 7" release
||Live / Ghost Lights EP
||limited-press tour EP
Compilation Appearances 
||Esopus Magazine Number 1 Public Domain
||"Home On The Range" (trad.)
||Awful Bliss Records: Songs For Another Place
||"One Of My Turns" (Pink Floyd)
||Live at KEXP Vol.5
||"Wolves" (solo, live)
||Splice Today: The Old Lonesome Sound
||"Old Folks At Home (Swanee River)"(Stephen Foster)
||St. Ives Records: It Happened Here
||"South (Of America) (live)"
||MOJO Magazine: Let It Be - Revisited
||"Across The Universe"(Beatles)
||More Townes Van Zandt By The Great Unknown
||"Why She's Acting This Way"(Townes Van Zandt)
||MOJO Magazine: Harvest - Revisited
||"Are You Ready For The Country?"(Neil Young)
- ^ David Jeffries, "Artist Bio: Phosphorescent", AllMusicGuide, retrieved October 30, 2008.
- ^ Stylus Staff, "Top 50 Albums of 2007", Stylus Magazine, October 31, 2007.
- ^ William Bowers, "Album Reviews: Phosphorescent - Pride", Pitchfork Media, October 22, 2007.
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