Matthew Houck is the man behind the Americana act Phosphorescent and his latest offering Muchacho contains some really moving stuff. The first single “Song For Zula” is filled with longing strings and practically overflows with beauty, but the seven minute “The Quotidian Beasts” is probably even better.
Things kick off with Houck’s wary apprehension of an approaching (metaphorical?) creature while sad guitars and a forlorn piano slowly gain steam. But eventually the song crescendos into one big, living, breathing, gorgeous mess and as Matthew’s oohs finally start floating over the din, we realize it may be hard to find a way out of the chaos. Of course, by this point, who would want to?