since first seeing them last summer, i've gotten really
into phosphorescent. i own all three of their cds, and i think they're all great records.
but the recent live performances have taken it up another notch. as many of you probably know, the "band" kind of imploded a few weeks ago. only matthew, the singer/writer/mainstay remains. he has performed two sets since then, alone.
a few weeks back, phosphorescent followed dark meat at the caledonia. for those who missed it [which includes, i believe, every other 4KS staff member], you may have heard that he played only two songs, and that the first, a new one, centered on construction of a layered 30 second loop and lasted around 40 minutes. you may react to that with skepticism. well let me first assure you that i abhor jam bands as much as any reasonable person. then allow me to attest that the performance was noisy, dark, pretty, and brilliant.
last nights performance [which followed a stellar reading by our dear friend The Poet] was stylistically very much a departure. matthew sang, guitared, pianoed, and harmonicaed his way through fifteen or so numbers, including a couple covers, with no distortion or feedback. it was equally enthralling.
i have many documented vices, but don't think that hyperbole is one of them. i'm generally very much the skeptic. that said, if i may quote my ladyfriend SM, "i think he's a fucking genius". i don't claim to have the most expansive knowledge of music on the block, and i'm aware that by saying this i'm going to sound as silly as those reviews i cited last august
, but i really believe the guy is an oldham/tweedy type talent. all i can say is that i encourage everyone to check out any incarnation of phosphorescent you have the chance to see.
ps- does sauce have a new girlfriend?