by Trey Anastasio


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Traveler is Trey Anastasio's first studio solo album since 2009's orchestral art pop sleeper, Time Turns Elastic. Peter Katis was enlisted as co-producer; his résumé includes work with the National, Interpol, and Jónsi. Along with the Trey Anastasio Band (TAB), the credits are littered with guest appearances from violist and violinist Rob Moose (Bon Iver), vocalist Kori Gardner (Mates of State), and the National's Matt Berninger and Bryan Devendorf. There are a few completely new tracks here, while the balance includes studio takes on tunes played live by either TAB or Phish. As a solo artist, Anastasio's recordings are usually quite consistent, and Traveler is no exception. The set's first single is a new song, "Scabbard." Anastasio crams in his love of Frank Zappa, King Crimson, Radiohead, and pop music. That said, it contains his signature ability to capture a simple melody -- in this case three, simultaneously -- and wrap them in an accessible but harmonically and dynamically adventurous package. His singing, along with help from backing vocalists Natalie Cressman and Jennifer Hartswick, makes the cut a clear standout. Also included here is the third, and perhaps most successful, studio version of "Let Me Lie," and a studio take on the labyrinthine, reggae-drenched prog that is "Land of Nod." And speaking of reggae, perhaps the album's biggest surprise is the cover of the Gorillaz's "Clint Eastwood." While the band has been playing it live for nearly two years, this reading underscores the punchy vocal by Hartswick. "Valentine," which appeared on the live TAB at the TAB in 2010, is treated to a horn-saturated workout here. And in spite of its weave of shimmering synths and tom-tom heavy drumkits and layered vocals, it feels nearly organic. Other highlights include studio versions of the elegiac ballad "Frost" (with gorgeous strings courtesy of Rob Moose), and the raggedy pop
ocker "Pigtail," with its light, funky backbeat and locked-down bassline. Given all the recent activity by Phish and TAB, Traveler reveals that with its four brand-new songs and revisioned versions of live staples, Anastasio's creative force is healthy and his taste is, as ever, impeccable.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/16/2012
Label: Ato Records
UPC: 0880882182229
catalogNumber: 1822
Rank: 94043

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Trey Anastasio   Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Tony Markellis   Bass
Rob Schwimmer   Keyboards
Peter Katis   Vocals
Thomas Bartlett   Keyboards
Ray Paczkowski   Keyboards
Tom Marshall   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Natalie Cressman   Horn,Background Vocals
Jennifer Hartswick   Horn,Background Vocals
Kori Gardner   Background Vocals
Russ Lawton   Drums
Russell Remington   Horn
Matthew Berninger   Background Vocals
Bryan Devendorf   Drums
Samuli Kosminen   Percussion
Rob Moose   Violin,Viola
Adrian Van De Graaff   Bass

Technical Credits

Trey Anastasio   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Kevin Shapiro   Contributor
Peter Katis   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Instrumentation
Greg Giorgio   Engineer
Rob Moose   String Arrangements
Beth Montuori Rowles   Contributor
Julia Mordaunt   Contributor,Art Direction
Don Hart   Horn Arrangements
Ben Collette   Contributor
Richard Glasgow   Contributor
Micah Lidberg   Illustrations
Charlie Rivera   Intern

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