» » Punch Brothers - The Phosphorescent Blues

Punch Brothers - The Phosphorescent Blues FLAC album

Performer: Punch Brothers
Genre: Folk and World music
Title: The Phosphorescent Blues
Country: US
Released: 2016
Style: Bluegrass
FLAC version ZIP size: 1588 mb
MP3 version ZIP size: 1436 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 1596 mb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 875
Other Formats: DTS MP2 XM VQF AA RA FLAC

Punch Brothers are the quintet of mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny and violinist Gabe Witcher. Says the Washington Post, "With enthusiasm and experimentation, Punch Brothers take bluegrass to its next evolutionary stage, drawing equal inspiration from the brain and the heart. Their upcoming album, All Ashore, is out July 20 on Nonesuch Records

Antifogmatic, the Punch Brothers' second album, was released on June 15, 2010 and features both traditional bluegrass and newgrass styles on the ten-track listing. Though bassist Kowert toured extensively with the band in support of Punch over the last two years, Antifogmatic is the first Punch Brothers album on which he appears. 2011: How to Grow A Band documentary. In December 2014, the band announced that the new album, The Phosphorescent Blues, would be released on January 27, 2015, along with the immediate release of another new single, "Julep. Julep was nominated for Best American Roots Song at the 2016 Grammy Awards 2015: The Wireless. On November 20th, 2015, the Punch Brothers released a 5-track EP, The Wireless.

The Punch Brothers’ fourth album leaves no doubt: they aren't just newgrass, they're nextgrass. Or more accurately, prog-grass, as exemplified by the opening track here, "Familiarity". It's an epic, 10-minute suite brimming with bold shifts in tempo, meter and mood. If it were played on synths and electric guitars instead of banjo and mandolin, it wouldn't sound out of place on an album by vintage Genesis (or at least Radiohead, whom the band covered on their last album)

The Phosphorescent Blues is a wildly varied album that finds Punch Brothers once again pushing their classic string band/bluegrass instrumentation into weird musical arenas far outside what’s typical for this sort of lineup. In other words, it’s full of delightfully unexpected ideas, which is exactly what's become expected them

Like every Punch Brothers album, The Phosphorescent Blues is defined by technical chops. But its lyrical focus offers a vibrant edge over its predecessors. How long, oh Lord, can we keep the whole world spinning under our thumbs? the band warmly harmonizes on My Oh My, their voices rising and falling. The answer’s there-not in their words, but in the way they ask. Tags.

Punch Brothers, on the surface, may seem like just one of Chris (Nickel Creek) Thile's side projects. However, The Phosphorescent Blues is now the act's fifth album on Nonesuch Records, with the first one released back in 2008, so this is by no means any usical collective. The group's music has been described in various ways. But almost always, such descriptions combine terms for bluegrass with classical styles. Whatever you choose to call it, though, this five-piece creates intricate acoustic music. It also writes lyrically smart songs; the sort that appeal.

The Phosphorescent Blues, 2015.

The Punch Brothers play what I call chambergrass, with detailed songs as influenced by Bartok as by the Beach Boys or Bill Monroe. Chris Thile and four friends started the band after Nickel Creek announced their dissolution; this is their fourth album, and it’s a doozy. Of all things, love and cellphones are its warp and woof. Familiarity, a ten-minute suite, presents the cell in its role as purveyor of songs you only pretend to love because you love the friends playing them. In I Blew It Off, the girl’s trouble vibrates the table, interrupts my reverie.


1 Familiarity
2 Julep
3 Passepied (Debussy)
4 I Blew It Off
5 Magnet
6 My Oh My
7 Boll Weevil
8 Prelude (Scriabin)
9 Forgotten
10 Between 1st And A
11 Little Lights
12 In Wonder
13 The Hops Of Guldenberg
14 Sleeke White Baby

Companies, etc.

  • Record Company – Warner Music Japan Inc.


  • Performer, Acoustic Bass – Paul Kowert
  • Performer, Acoustic Guitar – Chris Eldridge
  • Performer, Banjo – Noam Pikelny
  • Performer, Fiddle – Gabe Witcher
  • Performer, Mandolin – Chris Thile


Gatefold cardboard sleeve, including OBI, 3 bonus tracks

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 4943674236138

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
547343-1 Punch Brothers The Phosphorescent Blues ‎(2xLP, Album) Nonesuch 547343-1 US 2015
7559-79527-0 Punch Brothers The Phosphorescent Blues ‎(CD, Album) Nonesuch 7559-79527-0 Europe 2015
547343-1 Punch Brothers The Phosphorescent Blues ‎(2xLP) Nonesuch 547343-1 Netherlands Unknown
PRCD 400248 Punch Brothers The Phosphorescent Blues ‎(CD, Album, Promo) Nonesuch PRCD 400248 Europe 2015
546377-2 Punch Brothers The Phosphorescent Blues ‎(CD, Album) Nonesuch 546377-2 US 2015