Catching Up With Phosphorescent

It’s been five years since the last Phosphorescent album, a dark half decade for most people and especially for those in the performing and creative arts. So it’s not surprising that when Matthew Houck first glimpsed the contours of what would become Revelator, the album seemed like it would be quiet, insular, inward-looking and maybe a bit of a downer. But a funny thing happened when Houck began working and reworking this material. It caught an updraft of hope, of expansiveness, or cosmic revelation. First and second takes with a core band yielded a free, unfettered sound, not perfect or finished, but a foundation for further refinement.