NPR Music is now streaming the new Phish album, Fuego, a week and a day ahead of its official release on June 24th.
Recorded in late 2013 — in Nashville and at Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., before the band reconvened at its own studio, The Barn, in Vermont — Fuego was produced by Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel). Ezrin wanted the feel of Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon, Page McConnell and Jon Fishman playing together in the same room, reacting in real time. While still succinct, at least in Phish terms, these 10 songs feel about as close as the group has come to capturing its “live self.” For a band that’s long struggled to balance concise songcraft and live energy on its studio albums, that’s a major accomplishment.
Can’t wait to give it a spin.