Phosphorescent – “New Birth In New England”

Phosphorescent, the folk-rock project of Matthew Houck, hasn’t released an album since 2013’s Muchacho. That’s about to change. Houck is back today with the lead single from an LP called C’est La Vie, out this October on Dead Oceans.

The song is called “New Birth In New England.” It’s a gospel-tinged easy rambler, a bright and friendly return after five years away. During that interim, Houck fell in love, started a family, moved to Nashville, and built his own studio. Sounds like he’s been putting it to good use. Compared to the project’s humble, somber beginnings, this song is vibrantly rendered and bursting with joy.

Check out “New Birth In New England” below, where you can also find the C’est La Vie tracklist.

TRACKLIST:
01 “Black Moon / Silver Waves”
02 “C’est La Vie No. 2″
03 “New Birth In New England”
04 “There From Here”
05 “Around The Horn”
06 “Christmas Down Under”
07 “My Beautiful Boy”
08 “These Rocks”
09 “Black Waves / Silver Moon”

TOUR DATES:
08/03-08/04 Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon Music Festival
10/14 Stockholm, SE @ Berns
10/15 Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller
10/16 Gothenburg, SE @ Pustervik
10/17 Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
10/19 Hamburg, DE @ Nochtspeicher
10/20 Berlin, DE @ Frannz
10/22 Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie
10/23 Brussels, BE @ Autumn Fall at Botanique
10/24 Amsterdam, NE @ Paradiso Noord
10 26 Liverpool, UK @ Grand Central Hall
10/27 Dublin, IE @ Tivoli
10/28 Leeds, UK @ Brudenell
10/30 London, UK @ Shepherd Bush Empire
11/08 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks *
11/09 Austin, TX @ Emo’s *
11/10 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater *
11/12 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom *
11/14 Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory OC *
11/15 Los Angeles, CA @ Belasco Theatre *
11/17 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore *
11/21 Seattle, WA @ Neptune *
11/24 Denver, CO @ The Oriental Theatre *
11/26 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater *
11/27 St Louis , MO @ The Ready Room *
11/29 Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre *
11/30 Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre *
12/01 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue *
12/02 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom *
12/04 Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrew’s Hall *
12/05 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall *
12/06 Toronto, ON @ Mod Club *
12/07 Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street *
12/08 Boston, MA @ Royale *
12/11 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
12/13 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel *
12/14 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of The Living Arts *
* = supported by Liz Cooper and The Stampede

C’est La Vie is out 10/5 on Dead Oceans. Pre-order it here.