Phosphorescent returns with “New Birth in New England,” new album C’est La Vie, TLA gig

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Singer and songwriter Matthew Houck has been somewhat off the grid for the past four or so years, ever since the release and extensive touring of his musical project Phosphorescent‘s sixth LP Muchacho. That silence ends today with “New Birth In New England,” a song reflective of what’s been going on in his life during that time period — finding love, having children, and leaving New York City.

The sunny, upbeat tune with a bit of an Afropop flare is the lead single from Phosphorescent’s seventh LP, C’est La Vie, due out on October 5th via Dead Oceans Records.  It follows in the jaunty Phosphorescent spirit of past jams like “Ride On / Right On” and “Nothing Was Stolen (Love Me Foolishly).” The record is available for pre-order here, and the band’s world tour wraps up at the TLA on December 14th. Ticket onsale information is still TBD, but keep your eyes on the XPN Concert Calendar for more info. Below, listen to “New Birth in New England.”

C’est La Vie Track List
1. Black Moon / Silver Waves
2. C’est La Vie No. 2
3. New Birth in New England
4. There From Here
5. Around The Horn
6. Christmas Down Under
7. My Beautiful Boy
8. These Rocks
9. Black Waves / Silver Moon

Phospohrescent C’est La Vie cover art

Tour Dates
8/3-8/4 Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon Music Festival
10/14 Stockholm – Berns
10/15 Oslo – Rockefeller
10/16 Gothenburg – Pustervik
10/17 Copenhagen – Vega
10/19 Hamburg – Nochtspeicher
10/20 Berlin – Frannz
10/22 Paris – La Maroquinerie
10/23 Brussels – Autumn Fall at Botanique
10/24 Amsterdam – Paradiso Noord
10 26 Liverpool – Grand Central Hall
10/27 Dublin – Tivoli
10/28 Leeds – Brudenell
10/30 London – Shepherd Bush Empire
11/08 New Orleans, LA- One Eyed Jacks *
11/09 Austin, TX – Emo’s *
11/10 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater *
11/12 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom *
11/14 Santa Ana, CA – Observatory OC *
11/15 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theatre *
11/17 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore *
11/21 Seattle, WA – Neptune *
11/24 Denver, CO – The Oriental Theatre *
11/26 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater *
11/27 St Louis , MO – The Ready Room *
11/29 Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre *
11/30 Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre *
12/01 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue *
12/02 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom *
12/04 Detroit, MI – Saint Andrew’s Hall *
12/05 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall *
12/06 Toronto, ON – Mod Club *
12/07 Northampton, MA – Pearl Street *
12/08 Boston, MA – Royale *
12/11 DC – 9:30 Club *
12/13 Brooklyn, NY– Brooklyn Steel *
12/14 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of The Living Arts *

* = supported by Liz Cooper and The Stampede

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