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Fresh Tracks: Phosphorescent Returns with “Revelator”

After six years, Phosphorescent is back with new music. The long-running project of Nashville (by way of Alabama) tunesmith Matthew Houck will release a new album, “Revelator,” on April 5.

The title track recently surfaced, and it’s a beautiful tune full of reflection about drifting through the phases of a long-term relationship. Meandering pedal steel and idyllic strings match the mood of the lyrics. So does the song’s accompanying visual (check it out below), which features Houck paddling through tranquil waters at dusk.

“This is the song that made me realize I was writing an album,” said Houck in a statement. “There’s always one that does that. Until then I’m sort of floundering around with a bunch of song bits in various stages, with no clear picture of what it is I’m doing.”

Houck made “Revelator” at his home studio in Nashville, and he had some help figuring out the sound, with Jack Lawrence of The Raconteurs, Jim White of Dirty Three and his partner, singer-songwriter and pianist Jo Schornikow, all part of the supporting cast.

Tour dates in support of the new album, which follows up 2018’s excellent “C’est La Vie,” are coming soon.

Photo Credit: Curtis Wayne Millard

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