Phish’s Page McConnell has announced a new solo album called Maybe We’re the Visitors and released the first single from the album called “Radio Silence”. The music was written and recorded in Reykjavik, Iceland and Burlington, VT.
Hear the first track below and read more about how the album came together.
In January 2020, shortly before the coronavirus shut down modern life, including travel, McConnell took a road trip that had nothing to do with his normal touring itinerary as the keyboard player in Phish: a holiday in Iceland. Inevitably, music got made there. But it was unlike anything McConnell had recorded before as a solo artist, for side projects or within the collaborative energies of Phish: fully electronic pieces created on location, in response to the epic landscapes, dramatic weather, and geologic fury that he experienced in Iceland. He also came back energized and determined to keep going amid, indeed despite, lockdown.
Very excited about this one, because it’s the first album where Page is the “new” Page and only uses synthesizers on the LP.
The narrative flow of MAYBE WE’RE THE VISITORS – exploration, colony and, finally warning; that, as Icelanders already know, we are only stewards here and nature always has the last word – did not present itself “until I was close to the end,” McConnell confesses. “But I always knew there was something alien about these pieces…”