For Phish followers throughout the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, we’ve had a dearth of recent music come our approach from the confines of Phish HQ. Not solely did we get a model new LP in Sigma Oasis, we’ve additionally been getting tons of reveals to look at by way of the band’s weekly Dinner And A Film livestream occasions. Immediately, their principal songwriter and guitarist Trey Anastasio determined to present us a bit extra.
Over the previous few months by way of his social media channels, Anastasio has been releasing songs that he’s recorded by himself (with assist of buddies in put up manufacturing) whereas in quarantine. And now these songs have made their approach onto an official Rubber Jungle launch known as Lonely Journey, which Trey explains in nice element over at his web site.
Lonely Journey was conceived and recorded in isolation at my residence studio (aka Rubber Jungle) throughout the peak of New York Metropolis’s COVID-19 disaster, March – July, 2020. When the lockdown started, I had by likelihood simply accomplished a weekend songwriting session with my buddies and longtime collaborators Tom Marshall and Scott Herman. That session occurred March 13th and 14th simply because the disaster was starting in New York, so the themes of concern and isolation had been already discovering their approach into these first songs. By the point I arrived residence, the scenario in NYC had gotten a lot worse.
Among the notes really feel just like what Trey was conveying as he was releasing the songs, most notably that he had the songwriting credit score assist of Tom Marshall and Scott Herman. And it was plain that Jon Fishman was contributing the beats, because the songs had a swing and a creativity within the rhythm part that’s trademark at this level.
All the pieces hits streaming platforms tomorrow, and I’m fairly excited to listen to how all of this sounds as soon as professionally combined and mastered, which Trey mentioned got here from Bryce Goggin. PhishRadio can be airing the complete album early as nicely.
Tune in tonight at 8PM ET to listen to the primary hear of @treyanastasio‘s new quarantine album Lonely Journey. Here is what else is on deck in the present day on Phish Radio:
12PM ET 7.30.97 Ventura, CA
8PM ET Trey Anastasio’s Lonely Journey
9PM ET 7.30.17 New York, NY
— PhishRadio (@PhishRadioSXM) July 30, 2020
Figuring out I wasn’t going to be leaving my condominium for some time, I began working. It felt therapeutic to jot down. I wished to attach with our group not directly. The unplanned nature of the recording meant I didn’t have quite a lot of gear throughout this course of. I had an electrical and an acoustic guitar, a small amp, two microphones, some percussion, and two keyboards, together with an outdated Kurzweil with very real looking drum sounds on it. All the pieces was recorded by means of a Spire Eight-track. Lonely Journey is really a uncooked, low-fi recording.
The method of writing songs turned a reflective and therapeutic expertise. With the ability to share these songs immediately with our group by way of Instagram felt equally profound. It harkened again to my youth, earlier than there was a Phish, after I would write songs and home-record them particularly with the intention of sharing them with my circle of buddies by way of cassette four-track recordings.
Because the weeks glided by, I labored on bettering my recording strategies. I known as recording engineers together with Ben Collette and Vance Powell to get tips about microphone placement, and I bought a bass guitar on-line. I additionally began tapping right into a Dropbox folder with about 30 four-minute drum sequences that I had recorded with Jon Fishman over the past 12 months.
For the last few Phish albums (together with Kasvot Vaxt and Sigma Oasis), I had been experimenting with writing songs, beginning with drum beats that I had sung into my telephone. Fish and I might go into the studio and file the beats precisely as I had sung them, with Fish launching off in his distinctive approach after a minute or two. I used these beats as constructing blocks to lots of the songs on Lonely Journey, and it explains how I may do a complete album in Rubber Jungle with such good sounding drums. Thanks Fish!
The album was in the end combined by my pal Bryce Goggin, and as at all times, Bryce’s mixes sound unimaginable. Thanks Bryce!
Lonely Journey was my message in a bottle throughout this time, and I want I knew the best way to correctly thank all of you in our group for listening and responding. It meant a lot to me. Thanks. Wishing all of you a lot love and security throughout this turbulent time.
This album is devoted to the heroism of our healthcare and important employees.
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