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Phosphorescent Biography

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Birth Place: Athens, Georgia, USA
Years Active: 2003 - present
Genres: Indie Rock, Indie Folk, Alt-country

Phosphorescent is the working moniker of American multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Matthew Houck. Originally from Alabama, Houck began recording and performing under this nom de plume in 2001 in Athens, Georgia. He is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.

Before recording under the name Phosphorescent, Houck traveled the world playing under the moniker Fillup Shack and self-released a limited pressing of the album “Hipolit” in 2000.

Houck later changed his recording name to Phosphorescent, and released the full-length LP “A Hundred Times or More” in 2003. Notably, in the liner notes of “A Hundred Times or More,” Fillup Shack is credited with the drum recordings. The album was released through Athens-based independent label Warm Records.

The following year, he released the EP “The Weight of Flight.” Phosphorescent rose to wider critical acclaim after releasing “Aw Come Aw Wry” in August 2005 and “Pride” in October 2007.

In 2009, inspired by Willie Nelson's tribute album to Lefty Frizzell “To Lefty From Willie,” Houck crafted a tribute album to Nelson himself entitled, “To Willie” which was released through Dead Oceans. Phosphorescent released his fifth full-length album, “Here's to Taking It Easy,” in 2010.