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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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weight of flight

If you shop at the mall, enjoy going to new supermarkets, eat at chain restaurants, wear the same clothes from the college days, chew gum, drink coors light, wish you drove a BMW, blow your leaves instead of raking them, roll your toilet paper under (not over), yell at your wife, then don't buy this ep

The best EP I've ever owned

This is as good as Phosphorescent gets, in my book. Every song is instantly likable, rewards many subsequent listenings, and is a perfect mix of accessibility and Houck-tastic quirkiness. Love it, love it, love it...


i can't say it any better than 'Art' said i won't.


Formed: 2000 in Athens, GA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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