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Review: Phosphorescent - "Song for Zula"

Phosphorescent Muchacho

Matthew Houck headed down south last winter for a week after abruptly finding himself without an apartment in New York City. While in Mexico, the Phosphorescent mastermind wrote the tunes for his new LP Muchacho. Later, he headed back to the Big Apple to put them to tape in his new place/studio.

"Song for Zula" seems to be a fine recap of the events, which were initiated by a falling out with a significant other. Lines such as "I know love as a fading thing" and "I saw love disfigure me into something I am not recognizing" tell a story we've heard a million times, but still powerful when delivered in a earnest and unique way. Fortunately, Houck is pretty adept at channeling forlorn laments through song. Stream the number, which may give off "Streets of Philadelphia" vibes, below.