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Trey Anastasio, 'Traveler' - Album Premiere

The Phish frontman toys with horns and covers Gorillaz on new solo record

October 9, 2012 9:00 AM ET
Trey Anastasio, 'Traveler'
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Click to listen to Trey Anastasio's album Traveler

Phish frontman Trey Anastasio will release his latest solo effort, Traveler, on October 16th through ATO, but now you can turn in and drop out with this exclusive advance stream. The record opens with the shimmering, love-versus-the-apocalypse ode "Corona" and goes on to find Anastasio incorporating funky, fat horns and whirring synths on "Land of Nod" and Zappa-esque orchestral meanderings that turn pure pop on "Scabbard." Traveler even includes a zonked-out, soul-tinged cover of the Gorillaz track "Clint Eastwood." You can pre-order Traveler on iTunes and stream it above.

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