Prog-rock kings Phish have made their fans more than happy by announcing the band have completed the recording of a brand new album, called Sigma Oasis. Not only that, but they also announced that they will be streaming the record during an online listening party tonight.
This is the band’s follow-up to 2016’s Big Boat and we’re finding out that they started recording it at the end of last year in at founder member Trey Anastasio’s barn and were putting the finishing touches on the record until just last week.
The band told fans about the new album during the new episode of Phish’s Dinner and a Movie archive series, which you can check out below:
On the show keyboardist Page McConnell said: “Tomorrow evening at 9 o’clock, we will be sharing with all of you a new Phish record, which we’re very excited about,” adding: “We went to the studio last November up at the barn, Trey’s barn, and had so much fun just playing songs for about a week up there.
We’ve been working on it steadily ever since. … I think everybody’s playing was great. … We’re really proud of it.”
“If I can make a correlation between a new album and a concert that we’re sharing, there’s a pretty strong correlation in my mind,” the band’s bassist Mike Gordon also explained that: “Trey is always great at pointing out that we play together as a unit after so many years of chemistry developing; and a lot of people don’t quite do that, especially in the studio, where a lot of albums are made with loops or layering and things like that. So to have this mountaintop barn … in a little weird way it makes it like a show vibe.”