Phosphorescent’s Matthew Houck has announced The BBC Sessions, a new EP to be released June 11 on Dead Oceans. Featuring stripped-down, intimate performances of songs from 2013’s Muchacho, 2010’s Here’s To Taking It Easy and 2007’s Pride, the EP features material from two separate BBC Radio performances held in 2011 and 2013. Notable among them is a previously unreleased rendition of “Song For Zula” out today, an undeniable benchmark for Phosphorescent that topped multiple year-end lists upon its original release with Muchacho. Removing its sublime swirl of synths and strings, the BBC version of “Zula” puts fresh emphasis on Houck’s rich lyricism and storytelling – likewise for “At Death, A Proclamation” without marching band drums or “Terror In the Canyons (The Wounded Master)” sans horn section and pedal steel. Looking back on these performances nearly a decade on, the collection exposes the core of some of Houck’s most beloved, mysterious, and timeless songs.
The BBC Sessions follows the release of Phosphorescent’s 2018 album C’est La Vie, a highly-anticipated return which earned raves from NPR, New York Magazine, Pitchfork, Stereogum and beyond, plus performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show with James Corden and CBS This Morning. C’est La Vie chronicles a life-altering period during which Matthew Houck started a family, and relocated from New York to Nashville. That period also saw Phosphorescent touring larger venues than ever, as a headliner and alongside the likes of Father John Misty and The National, while also performing at major festivals like Glastonbury, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza.
PHOSPHORESCENT – THE BBC SESSIONS:
Song For Zula (BBC Radio Performance 2013)
Terror In the Canyons (The Wounded Master) (BBC Radio Performance 2013)
At Death, A Proclamation (BBC Radio Performance 2011)
Los Angeles (BBC Radio Performance 2011)
We’ll Be Here Soon (BBC Radio Performance 2011)