Phosphorescent: A New Glimmer

[caption id="attachment_220657" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Photos by Daniel Arnold[/caption] Matthew Houck had spent several years working on new music, but he still was unsure if he had made a record. It had been a turbulent few years: Houck had undergone a series of earth-shaking changes that had spiritually, emotionally and geographically uprooted his personal life. All that time, he had been writing songs reflecting the life-changing turmoil of such change: songs about reflecting on past selves, songs about the bliss of second chances, songs about newfound isolation, songs, that contained, on a literal sense, the words new birth in their titles. “It was very piecemeal,” Houck, who records under the moniker Phosphorescent, says today, calling from his new home in Nashville. “Because of the drawn-out process of making this record, I lived with a lot of these songs in various stages for a long time, so I really didn’t know what this record was.” That all changed when Houck sat down to write a new song called “C’est la Vie No. 2.” The song, a pulsing meditation that finds Houck reflecting on his long-forsaken childish things, is a wistful statement of growing up that acknowledges just how greatly we are all…

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