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Phosphorescent at the Echo in Los Angeles, California.
|Born||1980 (age 36–37)|
|Origin||Athens, Georgia, United States|
Phosphorescent is the working moniker of American singer-songwriter, Matthew Houck (born 1980). Originally from Huntsville, 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 an 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.
Muchacho, Phosphorescent's sixth studio album was released in 2013 to critical acclaim.
In popular usage
The song "Song for Zula" from 2013's Muchacho is the most widely used Phosphorescent song in popular media, having appeared in the films The Spectacular Now (2013), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), Burying the Ex (2015), The Boy Next Door (2015), Before We Go (2015), and Captain Fantastic (2016). It is also used in season 1 episode 2 "Signal and Noise" of the television series Frequency. Also used as intro music to the famous Belgian tv serie "Het Huis" and "Die Huis".
|2003||A Hundred Times or More||Warm|
|2004||The Weight of Flight EP||Warm|
|2005||Aw Come Aw Wry||Misra|
|2009||To Willie||Dead Oceans|
|2010||Here's to Taking It Easy||Dead Oceans|
|2015||Live at the Music Hall||Dead Oceans|
Singles and other releases
|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|
|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"|
- 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.
- "Phosphorescent: Live at the Music Hall". Dead Oceans. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
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