In a few months, Phosphorescent, the project run by the Brooklyn-based Alabama-transplant songwriter Matthew Houck, will follow up 2010′s Here’s To Taking It Easy with a new album called Muchacho. Houck says that he wrote most of the songs in a Mexican beach hut. The first track we’ve heard from it is a slow, wounded, pretty tune called “Song For Zula,” which adds impressionist strings and synthetic drum-echoes to Houck’s grizzled Americana. Listen below, and check out the tracklist.

01 “Sun, Arise! (An Invocation, An Introduction)”
02 “Song For Zula”
03 “Ride On/Right On”
04 “Terror In The Canyons (The Wounded Master)”
05 “A Charm/ A Blade”
06 “Muchacho’s Tune”
07 “A New Anhedonia”
08 “The Quotidian Beasts”
09 “Down To Go”
10 “Sun’s Arising (A Koan, An Exit)”

Muchacho is out in March on Dead Oceans.

Comments (6)
  1. That’s a serious neck protrusion in the press photo.

    At work, browser/flash update firewalled, can’t listen to song. How is it, guys? Is it more drawn out and down tempo like the old stuff? Guys?

  2. Mexican beach hut? More like Mexican whore house judging by the photo. Just saying…

  3. Wow this song. It’ll have to settle for being my favourite track of next year.

  4. Absolutely spectacular.

  5. Seriously stellar song.

  6. I’m a huge fan of Phosphorescent and perhaps I’m falling prey to my habitual tendency of premature judging here… but I just don’t dig this at first listen. Cliche pop chord structure with synths and cheesy strings? It sounds like a half assed pop attempt and there aren’t even any real hooks to back it up.

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