It seems that the new Phish album could be released any day now, as eight new titles have just appeared on the band’s work title registration list on BMI. As BMI is responsible for Phish’s music publishing and royalties, the confirmed registration of these new titles – as well as some other recently registered works – could indicate that the new album release is imminent.
The whole process began last winter, when Phish announced during their Mexico run that they would be working on an album during the off-season. That album was subsequently recorded in Nashville, and guitarist Trey Anastasio announced that the album was completed during the band’s performance in San Francisco, just a few weeks ago. With appearances at LOCKN’, Dick’s, and a fall tour on the schedule, this would be an ideal time to build hype surrounding a new release. The band also performed a number of new originals on tour.
As reported by Phishatthemann, the number of Phish’s registered song titles jumped from 208 to 216 today. This can be confirmed by the work order number associated with each song, as the number increases proportionally with time – aka newer songs have higher numbers. There are eight songs that have numbers in the #22,000,000 range, listed below:
-Breadth And Burning (spelled differently than listed on LivePhish during summer shows)
Additionally, there are two songs that must have been added recently, as they are in the #20,000,000 range for their work order number. This includes “How Many People Are You” and “No Men In No Man’s Land,” both songs that debuted during the summer of 2015. As a reference, songs from the Fuego album appear in the #17,000,000-18,000,000 range, as they have now been registered for two years.
An album with these ten songs is certainly exciting, though there is currently no inclusion of the 15-minute instrumental piece that was mentioned in an interview with Hamilton percussionist Andrés Forero back in June. Forero contributed to every track on the studio album after meeting the Phish crew at a performance of Hamilton back in January, and referenced a “15-minute piece with classical percussion” when talking about the unlikely collaboration. Also notably absent are “Mercury,” “Things People Do,” and “Waking Up Dead,” though the registration for those and others could still be in the works.
It seems likely that an announcement of the new album could come any day now, and we’ll be sure to update when we have more information. You can check the BMI listing here.