Phosphorescent - Song For Zula - Studio + Live Indie Folk - RSD 2014 5 Trk 12" EP

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Phosphorescent - Song For Zula


Label: Dead Oceans
Cat#: DOC089
Format: Vinyl, 12", EP
Record Store Day 2014 Release
Country: US
Released: 19 Apr 2014
Genre: Folk, World, & Country


Tracklist

A1 Song For Zula (Album Version)
A2 Song For Zula (Live, Solo At Oregon Public Broadcasting)


B1 A New Anhedonia (Live, Solo At Oregon Public Broadcasting)
B2 Terror In The Canyons (The Wounded Master) (Live, Solo At Oregon Public Broadcasting)
B3 Down To Go (Live, Solo At Oregon Public Broadcasting)



On "Song For Zula," he sounds like he's died and woken up on an unknown shoreline somewhere. The sound is bigger, airier, and more mysterious than anything the band's ever done. Lightly skirling violin lines and gull-cry synths circle above, and silvery threads of pedal-steel guitar waft gently by.


He opens with a mumbled quote from Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" and then spins out a difficult-to-parse, metaphysical-feeling tale of abjection ("I lay my face to the salt") and throwing off offered support: ("You will not see me fall/or see me struggle to stand/To be acknowledged by some touch from his gnarled hands.") It is a stunning piece of music; it sounds like an allegory, like a dream.


Here the combination of Houck's reedy voice and slabs of synth combine in a great song underpinned by soaring pedal steel. Everything is in its right place on this track and it should be the immediate target for a listen.


More traditional Houck territory is explored on "Terror in the Canyon" a lovely alt country anthem infused with bar room heartbreak while "Down to go" multiplies this by a factor of two. It is a good old country heartbreaker infused with a mournful mariachi trumpet solo winding through its passages infusing it with a border Rio Grande atmosphere. When Houck sings "Oh, you'll spin your heartache into gold,....but it rips my heart out don't you know" you feel the wounded hurt.


More powerful is the haunting "A New Anhedonia" which contains Houck's best vocal.



Phosphorescent - Song for Zula

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Phosphorescent - Song for Zula (opbmusic session)


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Phosphorescent: A New Anhedonia (opbmusic session)

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More Information
Condition New
Format 12"
Label Dead Oceans