Muchacho - DEAD OCEANS
FILTER Grade: 82%
By Daniel Kohn on March 19, 2013
Three years after the twangy Here’s To Taking It Easy, Phosphorescent’s Muchacho channels a domestic crisis into an album that is as eclectic musically as it is painful lyrically. There are experimental beauties (the majestic “Song For Zula”), but Matthew Houck is at his best when he returns to familiar sounds (the soul-bearing “Terror in the Canyons [The Wounded Master]”). While there are moments when the music is upbeat to the point of distraction from the anguish of the lyrics, as Houck can attest, it doesn’t make heartbreak suck any less.