Mike Gordon and Leo Kottke have released a performance video for “Flat Top” off their new album Noon.
Released on Friday, Noon marked the third collaborative album between the Phish bassist and accomplished solo guitarist. Coming a whole 18 years after their first collaboration, Clone, the album mark’s their first studio work together since 2005’s Sixty Six Steps.
The video was released on Friday along with the album, and finds the two musicians playing the instrumental track separately in two different states with Gordon in Burlington, VT and Kottke in Minneapolis, MN. While the video may not offer any flashy production value or artistic rendering of what the song means, it does provide a brief glimpse into how these two artists work together, as well as how a man with only two hands can possibly play like Kottke does. The song is one of his six contributions to the 11 track album, and provides a balance to some of Gordon’s lyrical endeavors.
“Each of the tunes that I brought in were different from one another in terms of the way the guitar approaches the rhythm,” Kottke said. “‘Flat Top’ and ‘The Only One’ are the only ones that are related, I’m just thinking about what I’m doing with my high right hand, but everything else is on its own.”
Watch Mike Gordon and Leo Kottke perform “Flat Top” off their latest album, Noon.
Mike Gordon, Leo Kottke – “Flat Top”