The Phosphorescent Blues

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Punch Brothers
The Phosphorescent Blues

[ Nonesuch / CD ]

Release Date: Wednesday 15 April 2015

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After working with Burnett numerous times most recently on the soundtrack for the Joel and Ethan Coen film Inside Llewyn Davis and the related Town Hall/Showtime concert Another Day, Another Time Punch Brothers decided to join forces with the multiple Grammy Award winning producer for their new record. Last summer, the band and Burnett spent a month at Hollywood s Ocean Way Recording laying down the songs that guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjo player Noam Pikelny, mandolinist and lead singer Chris Thile, and fiddler Gabe Witcher had written during several writing retreats last winter and spring.

Thile explains one of the ways the music on The Phosphorescent Blues reflects the band s view of modern life: We often go to bars after shows or writing sessions, to be around other people for a little while. And I d see people just like me on their phones, telling people they wish they were there, texting people who really are there. Then a song would come on that somebody likes and then they see that someone else does too and maybe they both sing it together and that moment is spiritual, some shared experience, and they are interacting in the flesh, with their fellow man. And that s communion. Many of the songs on this record dive into that: how do we cultivate beautiful, three-dimensional experiences with our fellow man in this day and age?

Shortly before the sessions began, Thile and Witcher met with Burnett and discovered the producer had the very same things on his mind. In fact, he d just given a commencement address at the University of Southern California on the subject of technology and human interaction. Witcher remembers, Thile and I looked at each and said, This is unbelievable. It s exactly what we are writing about. So this was a perfect, serendipitous union.


1 . Familiarity
2 . Julep
3 . Passepied (Debussy)
4 . I Blew It Off
5 . Magnet
6 . My Oh My
7 . Boll Weevil
8 . Prélude (Scriabin)
9 . Forgotten
10 . Between 1st and A
11 . Little Lights