Dig intro this week’s Saturday Alternative playlist! The Fitting Room album was C’est La Vie by Phosphorescent, out now on Dead Oceans.

It’s been five years since we heard from Matthew Houck, the singer-songwriter behind Phosphorescent, and a lot has happened in that time. After 2013’s Muchacho, he married his musical partner, Jo Schornikow, and they had two children together. They moved from New York to Nashville where he built out a studio in a warehouse – a sort of home base where he could settle down, relatively speaking – and when it was completed, really focus on the music that would make up C’est La Vie.

On the album, Matthew Houck harnesses the thoughts, anxieties and emotions of these major changes and life events and wraps them up in the uniquely beautiful, lush, and dreamy sound that he’s so masterfully developed in the decade and half he’s been releasing music. He captures the warm and satisfied ups as well as the existential downs of his new life. “These significant moments in life can really make you feel your insignificance,” Houck said in a press release. “It’s a paradox I guess, that these wildly profound events simultaneously highlight that maybe none of this matters at all…”

–hour 1—

Big Dogs – Seasaw

Ride – Brett Newski – Life Upside Down

Under the Wheels – Dr. Dog – Critical Equation

Get Back to the City – Juanita Stein – Until the Lights Fade

Doubt – Hippo Campus – Bambi

Oh My – Natalie Prass – The Future and the Past

Dark Heart – Tunng

Wherever You Sleep – Bay Ledges

Wayfaring Stranger – Dean Wareham & Cheval Sombre – Dean Warham vs. Cheval Sombre

Home Away Form Home (ft. Laura Darlington – Cut Chemist – Die Cut

Nobody – Mitski – Be The Cowboy

Symbol – Adrianne Lenker

The Wrong Side – The Joy Formidable – AAARTH

Six Wave Hold-Down – Hot Snakes – Jericho Sirens

–hour 2—

Sober Motel – Dilly Dally – Heaven

Always Elsewhere – Ron Gallo – Stardust Birthday Party

Candy – Thyla

Side Tracked – Born Ruffians

Break Me – DMA’s – For Now

Street Justice – Death Valley Girls – Darkness Rains

Hospital – Art Brut – Hospital!

American Guilt – Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Born in the Right Country – River Whyless

Voyage Libre – Thievery Corporation – Treasures from the Temple

Toy – Young Fathers

The Way – HAERTS – New Compassion

Magic City – Gorillaz – The Now Now

Phoenix – Rhye – Blood

Marry Me – Farao – Pure-O

One Trick Ponies – Kurt Vile

I’ll Be There – Michael Rault – It’s a New Day Tonight

–hour 3—

Things to Keep up With – Hater – Siesta

Get in My Car – BRONCHO – Get in My Car

Siren – Wilderado – Favors EP

Workhorse – All Them Witches – Atw


There From Here – Phosphorescent – C’est La Vie

Around The Horn – Phosphorescent – C’est La Vie

Christmas Down Under – Phosphorescent – C’est La Vie

Again – Villagers – The Art of Pretending to Swim

Light on the Ground – Valley Maker – Rhododendron

Comeback Kid – Sharon Van Etten