Phosphorescent | Here's To Taking It Easy

CD | LP

    Tracks

  1. It's Hard To Be Humble (When You're From Alabama)
  2. Nothing Was Stolen (Love Me Foolishly)
  3. We'll Be Here Soon
  4. The Mermaid Parade
  5. I Don't Care If There's Cursing
  6. Tell Me Baby (Have You Had Enough)
  7. Hej, Me I'm Light
  8. Heaven, Sittin Down
  9. Los Angeles
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Just 20 seconds into the new Phosphorescent album, you hear something so immediate, so purposeful, so damn infectious, it's clear that something special is underway. The first album of original material since 2007's Pride captures the band moving into a truly extraordinary place. Here's to Taking It Easy is the culmination of the past three years: a grand statement, the album we dreamed Phosphorescent would make.

Pride was a deeply personal, haunting record that Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck recorded on his own, playing all of the instruments himself. 2009's To Willie (their tribute to Willie Nelson) featured Houck joined by his bandmates, rambling through the Nelson catalog with fifths of whiskey and undeniable swagger. So if Pride was built for 5AM and To Willie sounded just right as last call approached, where does Here's To Taking It Easy fit? This is the Phosphorescent record made for any time, any season.

Featuring the current live incarnation of Phosphorescent (Scott Stapleton, piano; Jeff Bailey, bass; Chris Marine, drums; Jesse Anderson Ainslie, guitar; Ricky Ray Jackson, pedal steel), Here's to Taking It Eas yis the new Cosmic American Music. Recorded in the band's hometown of Brooklyn with outside mixing assistance from Stuart Sikes (White Stripes, Cat Power, Loretta Lynn, the Walkmen), this album breathes with life like nothing Phosphorescent has ever done before. "We'll Be Here Soon" and "Hej, Me I'm Light" hint at the narcotic haze of Pride, while anthems like "The Mermaid Parade" and "It's Hard to Be Humble (When You're From Alabama)" sound perfect pumped out of the car stereo with the windows rolled down. "Heaven, Sittin' Down" recalls the country rock of To Willie, while the stark album closer, "Los Angeles" sounds as if it was lifted from the grooves of Neil Young's On the Beach. Jam after jam, Here's to Taking It Easy brings everything together for Phosphorescent; a classic that could be from another era, but sounds perfect right here, right now.

(DOC025 released: 05/11/10)

  • Ride On / Right On
  • Phosphorescent "Ride On / Right On" directed by Matthew Houck
  • Song for Zula
  • Phosphorescent "Song for Zula" directed by Matthew Houck and Djuna Wahlrab
  • It's Hard To Be Humble (When You're From Alabama)
  • Phosphorescent "It's Hard To Be Humble (When You're From Alabama)" directed by Natalie Johns
  • At Death, A Proclamation
  • Phosphorescent "At Death, A Proclamation" directed by Tom Haines

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    Song For Zula by Phosphorescent
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    Ride On / Right On
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    Song for Zula
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    At Death, A Proclamation
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