2018 album also available in CD.
‘C’est La Vie’ is the first new Phosphorent AKA Matthe Houck album in five years. And it is Matthew’s most grand and varied album to date. This record will delight old Phosphorescent fans but find a brand new audience for his unique take on wild Americana. ‘C’est La Vie’ chronicles a life-altering period which saw him fall in love, start a family, leave New York for Nashville, and build a studio from the ground up. With a focus on translating these profound experiences to music as intuitively as he could, Houck pushes the boundaries of what a Phosphorescent record can sound like, balancing the earthy and the incandescent, the troubled and the serene, creating his own musical cosmos in the process.
For years, Phosphorescent’s rise was a steady one: tours got a little better, rooms got a little bigger and with it the music became more intricate, more ambitious in its recording and arrangement. Then came ‘Muchacho’ 2013, a juggernaut that to date has sold over 100,000 worldwide. Now, five years later, Phosphorescent returns with his seventh studio album, ‘C’est La Vie’.
Recorded in Nashville at Matthew Houck’s own Spirit Sounds Studio, ‘C’est La Vie’ reveals a crystallisation of what made ‘Muchacho’ such a breakout - a little sweetness and a little menace, sometimes boot-stomping and sometimes meditative.
A lot of life was lived between these records: Houck became a father (twice), built his studio, escaped New York. And ‘C’est La Vie’ does have a hefty, career-spanning feel. There’s a newfound wisdom too, however, a deeper well for all that livin’.The magic of Matthew Houck’s music has always been the way he weaves shimmering, almost golden-sounding threads through elemental, salt-of-theearth sounds. It’s not experimental exactly but it’s singular and it’s definitely not traditional. That knack, the through-line across the Phosphorescent catalogue, is front and centre here.