Just days before Phish embark on their reunion tour, the quartet are releasing a new track titled "Time Turns Elastic," their first fresh studio recording since their five-year hiatus. If the title sounds familiar, it's because the track began as a collaboration between singer-guitarist Trey Anastasio and composer Don Hart, and a classical version of the suite debuted with the Orchestra Nashville in September 2008 and was performed in Baltimore last week. The Phish rendition hits iTunes today, while Trey's studio version of Time Turns Elastic — along with his original demo — will be released on June 9th, 2009. Today's iTunes release clocks in at 13 minutes and 29 seconds and features all four members of Phish; the track will appear on the band's new album, due out July 28th, the band announced in a press release.
"I began writing this little tune for Phish — and it just kept growing and growing," Anastasio said in the release. A video posted on the Phish site features footage of the band performing the track in the studio. The song is also streaming in its long entirety over at Phish's MySpace page. Even before the announcement video, however, the track was found on iTunes by eagle-eyed Phans hours, according to Glide Magazine.
For their new album, the band's first since 2004's Undermind, Phish is working in a New York City studio with producer Steve Lillywhite, who oversaw the band's 1996 disc Billy Breathes. The band's own JEMP Records will release the still-untitled album on July 28th. Following Phish's three-night stand at Virginia's Hampton Arena in March (which also featured a new song called "Backwards Down the Number Line"), the band officially embarks on their reunion tour starting May 31st with a performance at Boston's storied Fenway Park. From there, Phish will headline two nights at Bonnaroo and four nights at Colorado's Red Rocks.
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