Matthew Houck, aka Phosphorescent, released his new album "C'est La Vie" on October 5.

Matthew Houck, aka Phosphorescent, released his new album “C’est La Vie” on October 5.

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Phosphorescent materials, like glow-in-the-dark toys, or exit tape in movie theaters, have a unique property: They absorb light energy all around them and slowly release it back, even in the dark. Songwriter Matthew Houck, aka Phosphorescent, took five years after releasing his last album, “Muchacho.” That album’s devastating “Song for Zula” plumbed darkness in its verses, “So some say love is a burning thing / That it makes a fiery ring / All that I know love as a caging thing / Just a killer come to call from some awful dream.” But in the time since, Houck relocated from New York to Nashville, started a family and built a new studio in which to work. His new album title, “C’est la Vie,” means “That’s life.” Its first single, “New Birth in New England,” tells a story about meeting his new love in a bar, while “My Beautiful Boy” is directed to his young son.

Phosphorescent plays Portland’s Crystal Ballroom Nov. 20 at 8:30 p.m. We’re giving away tickets to the concert. Here’s how to enter the drawing:

To enter for a chance to win tickets to Phosphorescent, fill in the blanks below and press “submit.” One entry per person, please. Duplicate entries will be ignored. Tickets are not transferable. The deadline to enter is Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. PT. We’ll notify the winners by email. Good luck!