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Phosphorescent
The Weight Of Flight
WARM Records
www.thewarmsupercomputer.com


Curly haired and impish, Matthew Houck sings like a drawling Bob Dylan fronting an alt-country/indie band. He calls his band Phosphorescent. I call it an amazing collection of talent backing an incredible songwriter. On The Weight Of Flight, Houck proves that he is one of the more talented of the unheard voices of American indie-folk music. Here's a few reasons why:

Songs. The five songs on this ep (six, counting Willie Nelson's "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys") are rich in lyrical poetry, as well as musical depth. Houck writes verse like a poet of old, taking words and arranging them in such a way as to make them appear far more than the sum of their parts. "The thing about lifetimes/ is sometimes you have to be cruel/ it's sad that it's sad/ but don't let it dampen you…" is given us in the plainsong drudgery of "All Of It, All". The way that the words play amongst the simple melodies is simply magical.

Sounds. Each song on The Weight Of Flight has its own unique character, while remaining within the context and mood of the entire album. From the droning heaviness of "Toes Out To Sea" to the Band-esque burlesque of "When We Fall" there are a myriad of tonal ranges presented herein. The aforementioned cover of Willie Nelson's " My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" is a slow, dramatic affair; sparse in it's arrangement and beautiful in that simplicity. If you're a fan of alt-country or droning indie rock, there is definitely something for you on this record.

Heart. Each and every song on this record pulls the listener in and drowns them deeply and effortlessly into the emotion being proffered. Each story is a dream. Each note is haunting and relevant.

- Embo Blake

Track listing:

1. Toes Out To Sea
2. All Of It, All
3. When we Fall
4. My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
5. Not Right, You Know
6. Mrs. Juliette Low


 

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