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Matthew Houck, better known by his moniker Phosphorescent, has had a tremendous year so far. After being evicted from his long-time home in Brooklyn's Navy Yards area, the Alabama-born Houck had a something like a crisis of self on his hands: without a home or a studio (for they had been one and the same), Houck proclaimed himself "bored of music" and decided to escape to the sunny coasts of Mexico to clear his head and see if he had another Phosphorescent album left in him. Luckily, he did.
Muchacho, with its ten ambling, beaten-up country-ish songs, picks up right where 2010's Here's to Taking It Easy
left off. Houck has his own solemn vocabulary when it comes to
songwriting, creating impressionistic landscapes with songs like "A New
Anhedonia" and the epic, incandescent "Song for Zula." Muchacho feels
gritty, bitterly determined to carry on, as though convinced that the
worst, now, is over. "I've been fucked up, and I've been a fool," Huock
admits on "Muchacho's Tune," "But like the wave unto the sand, I'll fix
myself up, come and be with you."
Ahead of his gig this Friday at the Turf Club, Gimme Noise chatted
with Houck over the phone about the new album, where it came from, and
how it feels to be on the road again.More »