Trey Anastasio – Traveler (2012)
ATO Records, 2012
While he is best known as the frontman of the jam band Phish, Trey Anastasio is really a renaissance man working on projects all over the place. From orchestral works to Broadway plays, Anastasio isn’t afraid to experiment. On his latest solo album Traveler, this creative composer gives his fans a trippy rock album with shades of Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, and Spin Doctors.
Not every song on this album is brand new. “Clint Eastwood” is a cover of a Gorillaz song with a fantastic vocal performance by Jennifer Hartswick, while “Let Me Lie” is a reworked version of an older Phish song. Other songs, such as “Land of Nod” and “Frost,” may be familiar to those who have seen Trey perform live in the past year, as he has been trotting them out in concert since late 2011.
There is no denying Trey’s ability as a songwriter and performer, and he always surrounds himself with excellent musicians. Traveler is a fun, fantastic album that should satisfy long-time fans and perhaps make some new ones.
Watch the official video for “Valentine” below:
2. Let Me Lie
4. Land Of Nod
7. Clint Eastwood