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Phosphorescent Announce North American Tour

phosmatt2Phosphorescent released their new LP Here’s To Taking It Easy last week, with critics and fans showering the album with accolades. The band celebrated the release with four appearances in their hometown of New York City. They have already announced a tour of Europe for May and June, but for the rest of North America, we are pleased to announce the band’s first tour of their home continent in support of their new album.

Praise for Here’s To Taking It Easy has been pouring in from both sides of the Atlantic. In the UK, tastemakers Uncut and Q Magazine both gave the album 4 star reviews. The mighty MOJO, who anointed it as Album of the Month, said that songwriter Matthew Houck, “produces songs that skitter round your peripheral vision, hide in the back of your mind, their outlaw mental state playing hide-and-seek behind classic rock curtains.” Phosphorescent earned an 8.2 review from Pitchfork, who stated the band was, “inhabiting the tropes of beer-soaked, sun-baked country-rock with fullness, commitment, and chops, all while finding enough room for Phosphorescent’s trademark ragged lonesomeness.” Tripwire fell in love with album centerpiece “The Mermaid Parade,” and pretty much summed our sentiments: “Tears. Smiles. All of it. Every solo, every line, every piano plunk and horn blast makes us feel ready and strapped in for another 26 years of what’s to come. Hopefully it’ll be recognized as an American classic before then. Call it hyperbole, but it sounds like one to us right now.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

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Phosphorescent’s “Here’s To Taking It Easy” Out Today

Photo by Kmeron

Photo by Kmeron

The wait is over. Phosphorescent’s new album Here’s To Taking It Easy is in stores around the world today. Rather than spewing our own hyperbole all over this classic record, we’ll let some fine journalists do the talking. Mojo anointed it as album of the month, stating that songwriter Matthew Houck, “produces songs that skitter round your peripheral vision, hide in the back of your mind, their outlaw mental state playing hide-and-seek behind classic rock curtains.” Paste Magazine recently discussed Here’s To Taking It Easy with Phosphorescent, and said that, “it’s got grooves deep enough to hide in and songs that stretch out like horizon-bound highways, an album both sunburned surfers and leather-clad bikers can enjoy.” Don’t believe us? Download “The Mermaid Parade” and “It’s Hard to be Humble (When You’re From Alabama” and listen for yourself.

Phosphorescent Release New MP3, Here’s To Taking It Easy Now Available for Pre-Order

photo by Noah Rosenblatt-Farrell

photo by Noah Rosenblatt-Farrell

The praise for Phosphorescent’s Here’s To Taking It Easy is pouring in. Taking Mojo’s album of the month honors, the glowing review says that songwriter Matthew Houck, “produces songs that skitter round your peripheral vision, hide in the back of your mind, their outlaw mental state playing hide-and-seek behind classic rock curtains.” Uncut offer equally gushing praise, calling it, “a bold record, steeped in Neil Young’s ‘Doom Trilogy’ and the rich sounds of classic rock.” Q Magazine also joins the fray, calling the album a, “mouthwatering harvest of Gene Clark and Neil Young’s fantasy offspring.”

Here’s To Taking It Easy is due out on May 11 (May 10 in the UK), and we are pleased to offer a second MP3 from the album, “The Mermaid Parade.” This is a song that will make you hit repeat, an absolute stunner. “The Mermaid Parade” is an instant classic. Download it now.

You can now pre-order Here’s To Taking It Easy from Dead Oceans and you will receive an instant MP3 download of the album. Order here and let the magic touch your ears.

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