If you like your stories put to music—or, more specifically, your lovesick, coast-hopping, slightly whimsical tales put to timeless, beer-soaked alt-country—then Phosphorescent‘s “The Mermaid Parade” should be a welcome addition to your collection. The second offering from the band’s third LP, Here’s To Taking It Easy (a title so good it’s impossible to write without salivating over the beer in our fridge), the song brings us into the casually heartbroken world of a central character who’s left NYC for L.A. under the pretense of romantic reconciliation. Cloaked in classic-country dressings and production techniques that pay homage to Willie Nelson, Neil Young and Jeff Tweedy, Houck’s undeniably comforting voice leads our man instead to the Pacific Ocean, where he considers the gravity of his stalled marriage. Here’s To Taking It Easy was released last month on Dead Oceans and will be supported by a lengthy U.S. tour this summer. Here’s a bonus mp3 of album opener “It’s Hard To Be Humble (When You’re From Alabama).” Read our Q&A with Houck from last year.
“Mermaid Parade” (download):
“It’s Hard To Be Humble (When You’re From Alabama)” (download):