Thursday, April 29, 2010

New Phosphorescent: "The Mermaid Parade"

We've already written of our excitement for Phosphorescent's new album Here's To Taking It Easy (May 11, Dead Oceans). This new song, "The Mermaid Parade," is a heartbreaking country waltz about the end of a marriage, and while both parties have moved on, Matthew Houck is reduced to this simple line "I found a new friend too and yeah she's pretty and small, but goddamn it Amanda, goddamn it all."

While we haven't spent enough time with the full album to make detailed comments, our general impression is that Houck manages to successfully channel the sun-drenched, late 70s, California country-rock sound, while at times, staying true to the sound of his break-out record Pride; he reminds us all that there were artists out there layering gorgeous falsettos harmonies before some dude we call "Bon" came around. Tour dates after the jump, including May 13 at The Mercury Lounge. Pre-order the album HERE and get the mp3 record instantly.

05/10/10 New York, NY- Other Music (free in-store performance)
05/11/10 Brooklyn, NY- Union Pool
05/12/10 Philadelphia, PA- The Blockley
05/13/10 New York, NY- Mercury Lounge

05/17/10 Leuven, Belgium - STUK
05/19/10 Gent, Belgium - Vooruit
05/20/10 Antwerpen, Belgium - Trix
05/22/10 Ottersum, Netherlands - Roepaen
05/23/10 Den Haag, Netherlands - Paard
05/24/10 Zwolle, Netherlands - Eureka
05/25/10 Berlin, Germany - NBI
05/27/10 N├╝rnberg, Germany - K4
05/28/10 Vienna, Austria - Fluc
05/29/10 Freiburg, Germany - E-werk
06/01/10 Paris, France - L’Espace B
06/02/10 London, UK - ICA
06/03/10 Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
06/04/10 Glasgow, UK - Captain's Rest
06/05/10 Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds
06/06/10 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
09/10/10 Dorset, UK - End of the Road Festival
09/11/10 Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival

After the jump.

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