Athens, Georgia is one of the most curiously un-Southern parts of the South.
A hub for culture and academia, it's a rare bastion of liberal thought in an often conservative region. Boasting a sprawling music scene, it's perhaps inevitable that Athens would produce someone like Matthew Houck.
Recording under the name Phosphorescent, the songwriter is now onto album #6. 'Muchacho' is a blissful mixture of country influences, indie rock and the odd strain of psychedelia with its lush sound matched by a pin-point lyrical sense.
Stripped from the album, 'Song For Zula' has gained the video treatment. Featuring a cave woman smashing a rock in slow motion, it's a strikingly shot clip which sits apart from the beautiful music.
Watch it now.
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Looking ahead, Phosphorescent have pieced together the following shows:
7 Manchester Ruby Lounge
15 London Village Underground
16 Brighton The Great Escape