I'll admit it: I'm totally stuck on latest folksy, beach- and country-bum record by Matthew Houck, aka Phosphorescent
. His good-time jams are sunny even when he has the blues, as on my favorite track, "The Mermaid Parade,"
displays. The tune has the requisite broken-heart twang, but it's the lyrics that really display the thought Houck puts into his songwriting: "Our hearts were on fire only two weeks ago/and our bodies were like live wires down on a beach in Mexico/Then I came back to this city, and you stayed home in LA/and our two years of marriage in two weeks somehow slipped away." Ouch, man.
The song is off Phosphorescent's upcoming record, Here's To Taking It Easy
, which came out yesterday, and there ain't a stinker in that bunch.Follow us @SfAllShookDown.