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Phosphorescentā€™sĀ Matthew HouckĀ has announcedĀ Revelator, a new album of nine original songs out April 5, that marks both his debut forĀ Verve / Decca Records. Grappling with the quiet obstacles and unspoken truths that come with the gravity of navigating home, partnership and family,Ā RevelatorĀ ruminates on questions that can be difficult to answer: why a seemingly idyllic life can be defined by an ambient sense of dread, or the natural ways we drift from each other and from ourselves. But true to its title, this is a work intent on finding hard-won reclamation, reinvention and revelation in life’s day-to-day.

With the announcement, Phosphorescent also shares the title-track to the new album; a ragged and ethereal sonic blend that channels the catharsis of wiping the slate clean and laying it bare to earnestly build anew. The video for Phosphorescent’s ‘Revelator’ finds Matthew Houck in a boat, alone in a dreamy dusky twilight. Steadfastly navigating the allegorical (and literal) river of life.

Speaking of the track Phosphorescent says:

“This is the song that made me realize I was writing an album.
Thereā€™s always one that does that
Until then Iā€™m sort of floundering around with a bunch of song bits in various stages
With no clear picture of what it is Iā€™m doing

Once the song ā€˜Revelatorā€™ came to be
I could see what the album could be

I truly struggled with naming the album Revelator
As I feel like it probably has certain biblical and genre connotations
That donā€™t apply to this album or to Phosphorescent at all

But in the end I know what I mean by it
And the album really couldnā€™t be called anything else
And so thatā€™s why this is the title track

I think it might be the best song Iā€™ve ever written“Produced by Houck and recorded in his Nashville studio over the course of six months,Ā RevelatorĀ features collaborators includingĀ Jack LawrenceĀ of The Raconteurs,Ā Jim WhiteĀ of Dirty Three and Houckā€™s partner ā€” singer-songwriter and pianistĀ Jo SchornikowĀ ā€” who wrote an original song for the album, ‘The World Is Ending’, marking the first Phosphorescent track to be written by someone other than Houck. Elsewhere, inspiration is drawn from seeing the world anew through their childrenā€™s eyes, and a surprisingly profound (albeit mildly obscene) series of messages scrawled on a bar bathroom wall.

RevelatorĀ directly follows 2022ā€™sĀ The Full Moon Project, which found Houck releasing monthly covers of many of his favourite artists. The most recent Phosphorescent full-length album, 2018ā€™sĀ Cā€™est La Vie, saw Houck met with praise as “outstanding” (9/10 Uncut) and “devastatingly honest and uncompromisingly beautiful” (8.5/10 The Line of Best Fit) and led to memorable television performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Late Late Show. Phosphorescent will return to the road later in 2024, with a full list of dates to be announced soon.

Photo credit: Curtis Wayne Millard

High-res images are availableĀ here

Pre-orderĀ RevelatorĀ here:

RevelatorĀ tracklist:

1.Ā Revelator
2. The World Is Ending
3. Fences
4. Impossible House
5. Wide As Heaven
6. A Moon Behind The Clouds
7. All The Same
8. A Poem On The Menā€™s Room Wall
9. To Get It Right