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Phosphorescent Announce New Album C’est La Vie, Release “New Birth in New England”

It’s been a while since we heard from Phosphorescent, singer-songwriter Matthew Houck’s dreamy, exultant exploration of folk pop by way of soft rock. His most recent studio album was 2013’s Muchacho, followed by a 2015 live album and a cover of “This Land Is Your Land” for last year’s anti-Trump compilation Our First 100 Days. But it’s been a busy few years for Houck, who toured extensively behind the well-received Muchacho, relocated from New York City to Nashville, and welcomed his first child. C’est la vie, as one might say, and that’s also the title of today’s newly announced Phosphorescent album. C’est La Vie was recorded at Houck’s own Spirit Sounds Studio in Nashville and arrives October 5 from Dead Oceans.

As a first taste, Houck has released “New Birth in New England,” a chirpy, upbeat tune made for doing what the lyrics describe, which is not much: listening to music, thinking about ordering another beer. It’s about as pop as a song with prominent steel guitar can be, though if you listen more closely you’ll notice the extended interlude and some lines that seem to describe the experience of becoming a first-time father.

Phosphorescent will tour the U.K. and Europe this October, before returning stateside in November. Listen to “New Birth in New England” and see release details for C’est La Vie and upcoming tour dates below.

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Phosphorescent, C’est La Vie track list
1. “Black Moon / Silver Waves”
2. “C’est La Vie No. 2″
3. “New Birth in New England”
4. “There From Here”
5. “Around the Horn”
6. “Christmas Down Under”
7. “My Beautiful Boy”
8. “These Rocks”
9. “Black Waves / Silver Moon”

Phosphorescent fall 2018 tour dates
August 3-4 — Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon Music Festival
October 14 — Stockholm @ Berns
October 15 — Oslo @ Rockefeller
October 16 — Gothenburg @ Pustervik
October 17 — Copenhagen @ Vega
October 19 — Hamburg @ Nochtspeicher
October 20 — Berlin @ Frannz
October 22 — Paris @ La Maroquinerie
October 23 — Brussels @ Autumn Fall at Botanique
October 24 — Amsterdam @ Paradiso Noord
October 26 — Liverpool – Grand Central Hall
October 27 — Dublin @ Tivoli
October 28 — Leeds @ Brudenell
October 30 — London @ Shepherd Bush Empire11/08 New Orleans, LA- One Eyed Jacks *
November 9 — Austin, TX @ Emo’s *
November 10 — Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater *
November 12 — Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom *
November 14 — Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory OC *
November 15 — Los Angeles, CA @ Belasco Theatre *
November 17 — San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore *
November 21 — Seattle, WA @ Neptune *
November 24 — Denver, CO @ The Oriental Theatre *
November 26 — Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater *
November 27 — St Louis , MO @ The Ready Room *
November 29 — Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre *
November 30 — Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre *
December 1 — Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue *
December 2 — Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom *
December 4 — Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrew’s Hall *
December 5 — Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall *
December 6 — Toronto, ON @ Mod Club *
December 7 — Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street *
December 8 — Boston, MA @ Royale *
December 11 — DC @ 9:30 Club *
December 13 — Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel *
December 14 — Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of The Living Arts *

* with Liz Cooper and the Stampede