Dense but weightless harmonies, burbling electronics and the sense that your soul is getting massaged—and that’s just “Sun, Arise! (An Invocation, an Introduction),” the first track of Muchacho, from Phosphorescent, aka Matthew Houck, an indie folk maestro who got his start in the deep south. Lucky for you, NPR is streaming the whole arrestingly pretty album today.
For my money, though, it’s the second track, “Song for Zula,” that perfectly synthesizes Houck’s down-home and bedroom-laptop moods for six of the best minutes he’s ever recorded. And as moving as they are, those Appalachian strings will relax if not plain melt you. Just don’t let the knowledge that they used this in an episode of Grey’s Anatomy sour you on it!
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