“Song For Zula,” the leadoff single from Phosphorescent’s glorious new Muchacho, may very well go down as one of the most beautiful and moving compositions of the year. Sung from the perspective of a man burnt by love, the song slowly rises and falls over a hypnotizing, repetitive drum beat and waves of haunting string work.
Rather than boasting images of a morose Matthew Houck wandering through the streets or lying in a fetal position in bed, the nearly six-minute video consists of a single, ultra slow-motion shot of a woman decked out in what looks to be cavemen garb, slamming a rock against a chain that’s binding her to the ground. Each time she strikes the rook, an explosion illuminates the screen. In other words, they appear to be going the metaphorical route here.