Phosphorescent: The Art Is the Art
The Best Album of 2013
by Shane Ryan
Mexico. I kept coming back to Mexico. That was the key to unlocking Matthew Houck, the man behind Phosphorescent. I knew if I found out what happened there—what spiritual epiphanies cured his crisis of faith and freed him to write the excellent Muchacho, Paste’s 2013 album of the year—I’d have my story. Mexico was the riddle, and something profound and heartbreaking and beautiful lay in the resolution.
I already knew the bare outlines. In 2011, after touring for more than a year off his 2010 album Here’s to Taking...