Here's to Taking It Easy

Here's to Taking It Easy

by PhosphorescentPhosphorescent


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Matthew Houck may operate out of the too-cool-for-school, New York City indie rock community, but the Alabama-born mastermind behind Phosphorescent has a muse that clearly resides in warmer climates. A breezy, classic rock-tinged collection of heartbreak road ballads nursed into existence on a steady diet of the Eagles and the Band, Here's to Taking It Easy, the first Phosphorescent release to rely on musicians other than Houck, plays like a lost piece of vinyl from the early '70s. Houck is a generous, earnest songsmith, and his tales of love on the rocks ("Tell Me Baby [Have You Had Enough]"), love lost ("Heaven, Sittin' Down"), and love of the South ("It's Hard to Be Humble [When You're From Alabama]") feel lived in and cared for. Even on autopilot (the slight "I Don't Care If There's Cursing" and the hippy-drippy "Hej, Me I'm Light"), his effortless, laid-back version of modern alt-country feels like an old friend, and the weepy, sun-drenched reverb that permeates the whole affair feels authentic rather than coerced out of a Pro Tools plug-in. The only downfall is that Here's to Taking It Easy is so easy to take that at only nine songs, it flies by in no time at all.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/11/2010
Label: Dead Oceans
UPC: 0656605132525
catalogNumber: 51325
Rank: 78249

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Phosphorescent   Primary Artist
Jon Natchez   Horn
Heather McIntosh   Cello
Jeffrey Bailey   Bass
Scott Stapleton   Organ,Piano,Vocals
Ricky Ray Jackson   Pedal Steel Guitar
Matthew Houck   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Mellotron,Classical Guitar,Beat Box
Christopher Marine   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Jesse Anderson Ainslie   Guitar,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Alex Lipsen   Guitar Engineer,Bass Engineer,Drum Engineering,Piano Engineer
Matthew Houck   Composer,Lyricist,Engineer,beats
Alex Lisen   Guitar Engineer,Piano Engineer

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