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Aw Come Aw Wry
Misra Records

Matthew Houck is undeniably a musical genius. And, as Phosphorescent, he makes music that transcends genre, reaching into seemingly disparate places for sounds and aural textures. He has been hailed as the next Neil Young or Bob Dylan, but I prefer to think of his music outside of comparatives… Not that his songs don't have that particular quality that creates timeless rock/folk music, but he brings an edginess to the table that is rare to find. There was a time when the songs of Bob Dylan made people a bit uncomfortable if they were paying attention, and Neil Young penned such classics as "Cortez The Killer"… In that manner, Houck is carrying on a time-honored tradition.

Built on the solid foundations of last year's The Weight Of Flight EP, Aw Come Aw Wry is a musical conglomeration of brash horns, rollicking hoedown rhythms, gospel choirs, all underscored by the slightly askew voice of Houck. His voice retains its edgy harshness, but has become very listenable, much in the same way that the aforementioned troubadours have found a place with their rough, off-key vocals. Matthew Houck's ability to pen songs of intimate depth is uncanny, and he showcases his gift mightily on these 12 tracks. But, amidst the darker and deeper shades of the poetry lie lines with much mirth and vigor, as in "I Am A Full Grown Man": "We can curl in the water/ naked, swirling like otters/ you know how they are… I'm a full grown man/ I'll be calm, calm, calm/ in the grass, in the grass, in the grass/ in your arms".

Matthew Houck, as Phosphorescent, has released an album full of the kind of songs that make independent music exactly what it should be: quality musicality, brilliant lyricism, and a quirky frontman to make the experience memorable. All too often we see low quality indie artists who think they have much more potential than they actually do, but the opposite is true of Houck. I think we can only begin to understand the depths and brilliance that the man's soul has to offer.

-L. Keane

Track Listing:
1. Not A Heel
2. Aw Come Aw Wry No.5
3. Joe Tex, These Taming Blues
4. Aw Come Aw Wry No.6
5. I Am A Full Grown Man (I Will Lay In The Grass All Day)
6. Dead Heart
7. Aw Come Aw Wry No.3
8. South (Of America)
9. Lost Name
10. Endless Part 1
11. Endless Part 2
12. Nowhere Road, Georgia, February 21, 2005

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