Blurring the thin line between genres, Phosphorescent explored everything from folk pop to country in his mellow “New Birth in New England” performance at The Late Late Show on Tuesday night (Oct. 2).
A head-nodding, foot-stomping jam, the track narrates Phosphorescent leader Matthew Houck’s first encounter with a woman at a bar, and more deeply, his experience becoming a first-time father. “It was the very first time you laid eyes on me/ Your momma burst into tears/ We were shaking in the medical basement/ And I guess everything was on arrears,” he sang in his laid-back style, his eyes shaded by a black baseball hat.
A fusion of soft rock with a taste of jam and country, Houck finger-picked his guitar as a six-piece back-up band added bright guitars, bongos, dueling keyboards and steady-on drums beneath his laconic singing.
Watch Phosphorescent’s performance on The Late Late Show below.