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  • Vinyl (18 Mar. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dead Oceans
  • ASIN: B00AYR2FPM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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BBC Review

Matthew Houck’s sixth album as Phosphorescent underwent an odd, protracted gestation.

Exhausted following a lengthy stint touring 2010’s acclaimed Here’s to Taking It Easy, the Alabama-born singer-songwriter returned to Brooklyn and bought a bunch of old analogue gear.

Duly equipped, he began cooking up “strange sound pieces”. “I was thinking I might make an ambient record that had vocals, but no lyrics,” he says of this period.

A sudden, unexplained domestic crisis forced his hand, however, leading to an impulsive trip down to Mexico’s Yucután peninsula in the opening months of 2012.

He spent a week there, living in a beach hut and working on his songs, before returning to New York and restoring some sense of order to his life.

At its best Muchacho reflects this yearning for tranquillity, offering the listener a window into Houck’s fuzzy and bruised yet generally hopeful mindset.

Song for Zula is a remarkable thing. Coasting on soft, electronic beats and programmed strings, Houck imparts a devastating clutch of verses that undermine the notion of love as something transcendent and divine.

Instead, he paints it “a caging thing ... a killer come to call from some awful dream”. A sense of the hurt it was presumably born out of lingers strong, completely at odds with the music it rests upon. The effect is mesmerising.

Songs like Ride On / Right On and A Charm / A Blade don’t fare quite so well. The former is built around a two-note riff and an insouciant, yelping vocal that is especially jarring in the wake of something like Song for Zula, while the latter lapses into classic rock cliché just a little too wholeheartedly.

Yet Muchacho’s Tune is as frank and lovely a promise of redemption as you’re likely to hear all year. Weighty, elegant music is a more natural fit for Houck, as songs like this and A New Anhedonia emphatically confirm.

Over the back-end of the LP he heads deeper into this kind of sweeping territory, brushing aside earlier missteps. Muchacho is a vibrant, evocative LP, and a welcome addition to the Phosphorescent catalogue.

--James Skinner

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By Red on Black TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Mar. 2013
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Up until now Matthew Houck the guiding light behind the Phosphorescent moniker has specialised in warm slices of road weary Americana not least 2010's rollicking "Here's to taking it easy" and of course his earlier tribute to a great country outlaw "To Willie". There has always been in Houck however an inner Neil Young screaming to experiment and push the envelope. On "Taking it easy" hidden amongst the country rumble was "Los Angeles" a huge rolling beast of a song which really was a meeting of rustic Alabama and experimental Brooklyn combining Houck's own geographical journey from rural to urban. His new album "Muchacho" plays a different card derived from Houck's decamp to Mexico following relentess touring and exhaustion. The restless troubadour has therefore incorporated for the first time electronica in a big way into his songs and packed them full of undulating synthesiser arpeggios not least the opening shot of "Sun Arise - an invocation, an introduction" a sort of Fleet Foxes hymnal meets Aphex Twin oceanic beats and bass lines. The album is bookended by its counterpart "Sun's Arising "A Koan, an exit" essentially the same track but slightly more acoustic. If you love spiritual harmony tunes then this will push all your buttons but frankly for this reviewer one bite of this particular cherry was already pushing it and the second portion created musical indigestion. Much better is the splendid signature track from the album "Song for Zula". Here the combination of Houck's reedy voice and slabs of synth combine in a great song underpinned by soaring pedal steel. Everything is in its right place on this track and it should be the immediate target for a download.Read more ›
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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 18 Mar. 2013
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I came to this album as a Phosphorescent novice on the recommendation of a friend. I have plainly been missing out by not hearing him sooner.

I'm not in a position to compare this to other Phosphorescent albums, but I think Muchacho is a very good album indeed, with thoughtful, haunting and intelligent songs, beautifully arranged and - in their idiosyncratic way - very well sung. The instrumental backing is rich, electronic and very beautiful. There is a mixture of the mournful and the hopeful here, and a mixture of styles, too, held together by the slightly cracked, mixed-back and multi-tracked vocals which I found very expressive and affecting.

I think that there are some things about this album which remind me of Leonard Cohen. Now, I know it sounds absolutely nothing like a Cohen album, but Matthew Houck has the same ability to write a straightforward but lovely tune and to put things into extremely evocative, sometimes elusive words. The brilliant Muchacho's Tune is a good example - haunting, self-excoriating and in search of redemption. I don't want to push the comparison too far because things like the vocals and overall sound here and on Old Ideas, for example, couldn't be more different but I do think he shares some of Cohen's genius for conjuring insight and feeling in a song. I mean that as the highest praise.

This was a surprising and delightful discovery for me, and I'm now off to seek out some of Phosphorescent's other work. It's a really fine album and warmly recommended.
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The only reason I bought this cd was because there was a phosphorescent track on a free cd that I bought with a music mag. Loved the track so much, bought the cd. Glad I did, it is absolutely brilliant. Buy it.
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Matthew Haouck delivers a beautifully crafted album from start to finish. Filled with gentle layers of guitar, drums and synth topped off with his amazing voice. An album crafted for Sunday mornings. A highlight of the year.
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I was recommended this album just before Christmas. It gripped me on a first listen. It sounded fresh, haunting, great voice, great music.

I played it most for Christmas and into the New Year. I had to rate it the top album of 2013.

Do buy.
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Many albums earn the moniker 'lost classic'...no one buys it but it's brilliant; you know the ones I mean, No Other, Pacific Ocean Blue, Frisco Mabel Joy et al. This album is an absolute joy to behold...glorious, melodic, pained, earnest...and to these ears, at least, with nods to the best of Mercury Rev and The Flaming Lips. But, a pound to a penny, I bet it's not sold very well. So, my recommendation to any potential buyer is to purchase without hesitation. It's an instant classic and it's brilliant!
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Slow burn it may be but it's a thing of beauty just the same. What record players were made for. Buy.
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phosphorescent is one of my fave group since their cd "pride", saw them live about 2 years ago. i own all of their cds and of course i had to purchase "muchacho" too, and i was not disappointed ....
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