RIYL: J. Tillman (Father John Misty), Hiss Golden Messenger, The Tallest Man on Earth, Sharon Van Etten

Label: Dead Oceans

Songwriter Matthew Houck has done well with his Phosphorescent project spanning the globe with his country-tinged indie songs and arranging them with a fantastic balance of atmospheric production effects. Now steps his newest album in 5 years, C’est La Vie recorded in his new studio in Nashville. This album banks on the same sweetness and foreboding that made Muchacho a classic, with the single playing toward the sweeter end. After five years without a studio release there’s a lot to sing about for Houck including a new child, moving to Nashville, almost dying from meningitis, falling in love and building his own studio. With all of this fodder, C’est La Vie does have a hearty, career-spanning emotional knowledge and a wealth of resounding depth in experience, all the while stripping away the bullshit that hindered him. “I let go of a lot of my writer-poet tricks, and let the lyrics be what they wanted to be,” he says.

The clear vinyl can be found just about anywhere (Fat Beats, Bullmoose, Dead Oceans) but Rough Trade has an undisclosed color variant limited to 500 copies. If this blows up like Muchacho did, this album will be a surefire quick buy.

The Details

Phosphorescent returns with his seventh studio LP, C’est La Vie via Dead Oceans. Available on Rough Trade Exclusive Color Vinyl. Limited to 500 Copies.

Indie Shops Version on Clear Vinyl.

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Price $28

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