Saturday, May 22, 2010

Day Eight - Phosphorescent is Dead to Me



Would it be heresy to suggest that Here's To Taking It Easy. the new Phosphorescent album, reminds me of the Grateful Dead? Not the Dead of endless 37 minute jams, not disco Dead, and certainly not "Space" Dead, but the Dead that created the dual americana landmarks Workingman's Dead and American Beauty. The thin, reedy but effective vocals, the reigned in playing, the gentle gallop that powers the songs - it's all 1970 Dead.

So check out Phosphorescent - are they Dead to you?

Phosphorescent - It's Hard to Be Humble (When You're From Alabama)

Phosphorescent - Heaven, Sittin' Down

Short concert note - I saw Phosphorescent a couple weeks ago and lead singer and major domo Matthew Houck had a real insouciant, swaggering stage presence that really helped put across these new songs. Plus he couldn't have been kinder to the beyond drunk college beard who stood right in front of his face and kept shouting stuff at him between songs. Houck must have given that kid 25 high fives, each one a high wire act of diplomacy.

3 comments:

Ian said...

IT'S HARD TO BE HUMBLE: I'm not feeling it. Not my kind of song, just didn't like it. 6, because the instruments were pretty sweet.

Duncan said...

Its hard to be humble. its not the best, liked the sax and at least i know what its like to be from Alabama now.

Bridget said...

It's hard to be humble - Jazzy. the sax was cool, but it seemed to go on, and on, and on, and... well... you get the picture. It gets a 7. P.S. what is so interesting about being from Alabama?