Phosphorescent is the moniker of Matthew Houck, Alabama native, now Nashville resident by way of Brooklyn and Athens, GA. It’s this vast coverage of the American landscape that’s molded and shaped him and his six piece band into the touring and recording force that has now spanned thirteen years, six albums, and enough blood, sweat and tears to fill many a bucket.
The critically acclaimed and stunning breakthrough album Muchacho (Dead Oceans), was released in 2013 to an overwhelming response, and opened up Phosphorescent’s audience to a much wider scale, thanks in large part to the haunting first single, “Song For Zula”, which was named “Song of the Year” by his then hometown NYC radio station WFUV-FM, and named #2 track of the year by Paste Magazine, and eventually used in The Amazing Spiderman 2 the following year. The national praise for Muchacho included “Album of the Year” by both Paste and CMJ, and Top 5 Best of the Year by Rough Trade.
Coming off the success of Muchacho, in the spirit of celebration and in tribute to the band’s sprawling catalog to date, Live At the Music Hall was birthed in 2015. Recorded over four sold-out nights and more than 10 hours of music in Brooklyn, Phosphorescent’s first ever live record spurned 19 tracks on a three-vinyl set that showcases the band’s history and Houck’s incredibly uniquely distinctive artistic voice.