I started listening to Phosphorescent back in 2006, shortly after he released his second full-length album, Aw Come Aw Wry. Here's what I said back then:
"I found this disc on the back wall at Austin's great Waterloo Records. "The back wall" is where you can find albums that have been recommended by the staff and each of the CDs has a small sheet of paper next to them that describes the music and has other useful information about the artist and album. For Aw Come Aw Wry I remember the note saying something along the lines of "lyrics that you will find yourself shouting along with, not unlike many songs from Neutral Milk Hotel."I vividly recall shouting along to some of the lyrics that were found on that album, and some of those songs still stick with me. Phosphorescent is led by Matthew Houck, a heck of a songwriter who has drawn comparisons to Iron and Wine, Will Oldham, and Neil Young. Since releasing Aw Come Aw Wry he's moved team Phosphorescent to the Dead Oceans label, where he released the acclaimed Pride in 2007, followed in 2009 by the Willie Nelson tribute album To Willie.
Now comes Phosphorescent’s breakthrough album, Here's To Taking It Easy, which dropped just last week. Uncut calls it “a bold record, steeped in Neil Young’s ‘Doom Trilogy’ and the rich sounds of classic rock.” It features the current live incarnation of Phosphorescent (Scott Stapleton, piano; Jeff Bailey, bass; Chris Marine, drums; Jesse Anderson Ainslie, guitar; Ricky Ray Jackson, pedal steel; and strictly studio accompaniment from John Natchez, horns; and Heather McIntosh, cello).
The ND at 501 Studios, formerly known as the Independent. Tickets are on sale now, and I'll be offering up two pair for giveaway on Twitter, so get to following.