On October 16th Trey Anastasio’s new solo record Traveler will hit stores. The LP features a batch of material yet to be performed live plus a handful of songs TAB has played in the past. A pre-order for CD and vinyl editions of the record has just been posted.
Traveler was co-produced with Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Jónsi) at the producer’s own Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, Conn. The album features contributions from Trey Anastasio Band, Mates of State’s Kori Gardner, The National’s Bryan Devendorf and Matt Berninger, Icelandic percussionist Samuli Kosminen, Rob Moose (Bon Iver, Antony and the Johnsons), Thomas Bartlett (Rufus Wainwright, David Byrne) and theremin virtuoso Rob Schwimmer. The vinyl version of the album comes with a bonus track – Greyhound Rising on a special Traveler 7″ as well as a download card.
2. Let Me Lie
4. Land of Nod
7. Clint Eastwood
Here’s what we presently know about the tracks on the album…
Corona: New song, as-of-yet unheard by fans
Let Me Lie: Trey’s third studio version of a song which has been played by TAB, Phish and during Anastasio’s orchestral gigs. You can hear the Traveler version of Let Me Lie at diffuser.fm.
Frost: Debuted by TAB on October 6, 2011; this is an Anastasio/Marshall ballad
Land of Nod: There was some confusion when TAB debuted a new original called Land of Nod on October 7, 2011 as this Anastasio composition shares the same name as a song by The New Mastersounds. We can’t wait to hear the studio version of this rock-reggae instant classic.
Pigtail: Phish debuted the poppy, Anastasio/Marshall-penned Pigtail on December 28, 2010 and have yet to play it live again. However, TAB added it to their repertoire last fall and recorded a horn-heavy take for Traveler. We’ll preview the track again soon.
Scabbard: This genre-defying first single from the album was a home run for Anastasio, at least in our humble opinion.
Clint Eastwood: The biggest surprise on this list, apparently Anastasio has added a studio version of the Gorillaz classic to his new album. TAB debuted their cover of the tune on February 19, 2011 in Albany and it has been a staple of their repertoire ever since.
Architect: New song, as-of-yet unheard by fans, co-written with Steve “Dude Of Life” Pollak.
Valentine: The oldest Anastasio original on the album that hasn’t been previously recorded, this one was originally debuted by the Classic TAB lineup on August 7th, 2008 and has been a regular part of the band’s repertoire ever since. Here’s more on Valentine from Eric Wyman’s song history for Phish.net…
“Valentine” fits in a group of songs that seemingly speak to a post-addiction viewpoint on the events of the past, and the promise of the future of sobriety. Paired with “Light” and “Gone”, “Valentine” utilizes metaphors of elements – light and dark – to paint a picture of the tribulations of facing addiction, and the moment of clarity that collides with someone’s life that makes them realize a change is so obviously calling to them. Using the thematic transition from darkness through the storm into a being capable of controlling the energy to find freedom.
Traveler: New song, as-of-yet unheard by fans