6 Songs, 29 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Phosphorescent is the recording project of Athens, GA native Mark Houck, a singer-songwriter with a ragged voice and a penchant for dust-blown Americana, whose debut full-length A Hundred Times or More, gained ecstatic praise from the British music press. Houck’s efforts, which recall both the ramshackle aesthetic of latter-day indie acts like Will Oldham and the Silver Jews, and the uncanny immediacy of old-time country (think Dock Boggs and Jimmie Rodgers), certainly deserve such praise, but one can’t blame Houck for being a bit taken aback by breathless panegyrics that saddled him with the title “the next Dylan” within months of his debut’s release. So it’s unsurprising that Houck’s follow up to A Hundred Times or More is something of a stylistic left-turn. The six-song EP The Weight of Flight sounds remarkably robust in comparison to its somewhat skeletal predecessor. While A Hundred Times or More thrived on eerie minimalism, The Weight of Flight boasts a full backing band and a number of rocking, organ-led compositions that pave the way for the innovations of 2005’s Aw Come Aw Wry.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Phosphorescent is the recording project of Athens, GA native Mark Houck, a singer-songwriter with a ragged voice and a penchant for dust-blown Americana, whose debut full-length A Hundred Times or More, gained ecstatic praise from the British music press. Houck’s efforts, which recall both the ramshackle aesthetic of latter-day indie acts like Will Oldham and the Silver Jews, and the uncanny immediacy of old-time country (think Dock Boggs and Jimmie Rodgers), certainly deserve such praise, but one can’t blame Houck for being a bit taken aback by breathless panegyrics that saddled him with the title “the next Dylan” within months of his debut’s release. So it’s unsurprising that Houck’s follow up to A Hundred Times or More is something of a stylistic left-turn. The six-song EP The Weight of Flight sounds remarkably robust in comparison to its somewhat skeletal predecessor. While A Hundred Times or More thrived on eerie minimalism, The Weight of Flight boasts a full backing band and a number of rocking, organ-led compositions that pave the way for the innovations of 2005’s Aw Come Aw Wry.

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About Phosphorescent

Athens, Georgia resident Matthew Houck is the sole member of Phosphorescent. 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. In 2013, after extensive international touring, Houck released his sixth album, Muchacho, returning somewhat to the more experimental textures of Pride. A massive tour in support of Muchacho ended with a stint at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg, and recordings from the various nights were compiled onto the band's sprawling live album Live at the Music Hall, released in early 2015. ~ David Jeffries

ORIGIN
Athens, GA
FORMED
2000

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