We caught up with Phosphorescent, AKA Mathew Houck, on the evening of his Manchester show at The Deaf Institute, part of his epic European tour. After getting familiar with our mate’s 1950′s classical guitar, Houck, one of the most chilled out entertainers we have ever come across, gave us this beautiful session on the Deaf Institute balcony. One for the road!
Phosphorescent is the musical brain child of Mathew Houck. Houck’s career began in 2000 when he released the Hipolit album under the name Fillup Shack. A tour of England and Spain followed, and while the European press drew comparisons to Bob Dylan and Will Oldham, the London ~Evening Standard declared him “the most significant American in his field since Kurt Cobain.” Houck’s first release as Phosphorescent, entitled A Hundred Times or More, appeared in 2003 on the Warm label. The 2004 EP The Weight of Flight was his last release for the label, as the 2005 full-length Aw Come Aw Wry landed on Misra. Two years later the release of Pride began a relationship with the Dead Oceans imprint. To Willie, Phosphorescent’s tribute to Willie Nelson, arrived in early 2009, followed by the all new Here’s to Taking it Easy in 2010.