Indie folk crooner Phosphorescent, or Matthew Houck to his friends, was likely overlooked during his opening slot on 2008’s tour with Bon Iver, but he’s turning heads with his latest release, Muchacho, a candid attempt at dealing with a breakup that sent him from his Brooklyn home all the way to Mexico. A recent review from Paste Magazine states, “Muchacho recapitulates that moment of love’s collapse and catapults out into the companionable lonesome that waits” – a heartbreak that’s resulted in his latest album drawing comparisons to U2’s Joshua Tree and Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks.
Houck’s songwriting is authentic in nature, and digs to the core of his past experiences via a southern landscape – an obvious homage to his Alabama roots. His music, “adapts contemporary tools and technology to blend troubadour folk, Nashville country and Southern rock into a sound that’s fully his own” – Paste. He released his first album under the name Phosphorescent in 2003 and his 2005 album Aw Come Aw Wry saw the addition of a full backing band and horn section. Inspired by Willie Nelson’s tribute album to Lefty Frizzell, To Lefty From Willie Houck released a tribute album to Nelson titled, To Willie in 2009 and toured in support of the album later that year. Houck has been touring for the better part of the last ten years, but his latest release, Muchacho, and corresponding tour, have longtime fans and music critics buzzing with excitement as they wait for his words to come alive once more during his 2013 spring tour.
Phosphorescent plays Club Café this Wednesday, March 27. Doors are at 7PM and tickets can be purchased here.