Athens, Georgia resident Matthew Houck is the sole member of Phosphorescent. Houck's career began in 2000 when he released the Hipolit album under the name Fillup Shack.
A tour of England and Spain followed, and while the European press drew comparisons to Bob Dylan
and Will Oldham
, The London Evening Standard declared him "the most significant American in his field since Kurt Cobain
." Houck's first release as Phosphorescent, entitled A Hundred Times or More, appeared in 2003 on the Warm
label. The 2004 EP The Weight of Flight was his last release for the label, as the 2005 full-length Aw Come Aw Wry landed on Misra. Two years later the release of Pride began a relationship with the Dead Oceans
imprint. To Willie, Phosphorescent's tribute to Willie Nelson
, arrived in early 2009, followed by the all-new Here's to Taking It Easy in 2010. In 2013, after extensive international touring, Houck released his sixth album, Muchacho, returning somewhat to the more experimental textures of Pride. A massive tour in support of Muchacho ended with a stint at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg, and recordings from the various nights were compiled onto the band's sprawling live album Live at the Music Hall, released in early 2015. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi