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Album review: Phosphorescent, Muchacho (Dead Oceans)


Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck augments his usual reedy Americana stylings with some unexpected developments on Muchacho, most notably the undulating synthesiser arpeggios that bookend the album on “Sun, Arise!” and “Sun's Arising”: combined with his multitracked falsetto vocal harmonies, they sound like Fleet Foxes might if they were a krautrock band.

The electropop influence continues through “Song for Zula”, where Houck's weary, cracked vocal limps over keening synths and cycling strings, with pedal steel and violin soaring above.

Download: Song for Zula; A Charm/A Blade; Muchacho's Tune; The Quotidian Beasts