Phosphorescent’s Matthew Houck has shared his official video for 'C’est La Vie No. 2,' the initial visual from his first new album in five years, C’est La Vie, which was released this past October on Dead Oceans. Directed by Jordan Halland, 'C’est La Vie No. 2' follows Houck’s solo adventures through late nights in New Orleans and sunrises in the Caribbean Sea, as serene colour palettes make idyllic backdrops for the song’s “starkly personal lyrics” (Rolling Stone) - ruminating on individual purpose, cosmic insignificance, and the ongoing cycle of life, death and new birth.
Recorded after a tumultuous half-decade on the road following the breakout success of 2013’s Muchacho, C’est La Vie earned raves from Pitchfork, New York Magazine, Stereogum and beyond, plus performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and CBS This Morning.
C’est La Vie led Brooklyn Vegan to comment that “Matthew Houck is truly one of those naturals, a Petty or a Springsteen” and NPR Music to deem Houck “the guy you actually want to sit next to at a bar.”