Last Wednesday night, when rumors surfaced that Phish would cover an “obscure album from 1981,” some jumped to conclusions that they would play Mark of the Mole by The Residents while others placed their bets on My Life in the Bush of Ghosts by Brian Eno and David Byrne and Rush‘s Moving Pictures. Some classic thrill seekers continued the tradition of wishful thinking by suggesting Led Zepplin’s Physical Graffiti, or even the Allman Brothers Band’s, Eat a Peach. When the playbill was given to the first attendees, everyone at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and on social media was buzzing about the ultra-obscure Scandanavian prog-rock hidden gem, í Rokk by Kasvot Växt.
Upon further speculation and criticism, some members of the vast Phish community discovered that the entire album was a hoax. The sketchiness of the whole “Swedish Phish” concept began once researchers and phistorians couldn’t find much information about the album. Anywhere. Conclusions were made that Phish had orchestrated one of the biggest pranks in the band’s 35-year-career by fabricating the false links and album cover themselves, and they did just that. Phish knocked it out of the park as they pulled off this stunt, executing the 10 new songs with precision and confidence.
Now, Phish has shared the third pro-shot video from their Kasvot Växt set, “Turtle In The Clouds”, the set’s opening song, for everyone to relive over and over again. Anastasio was the only member of the band that added the unusual synthesizer to his set-up during “Turtle In The Clouds”, as well as a shiny Ed O’Brien Stratocaster. The opening track had a Talking Heads-like 80’s psychedelic synth-rock sound you might expect to find on The Labyrinth soundtrack. Take five minutes, sit back, and remember all the turtles in the clouds below:
Phish – “Turtle In The Clouds”
Next up for Phish is their four-night New Year’s run at Madison Square Garden, set to take place from December 28th through December 31st.
Setlist: Phish | MGM Grand Garden Arena | Las Vegas, NV | 10/31/2018
SET 1: Buried Alive > Ghost > Crazy Sometimes > Free, More, Halley’s Comet > Ocelot > Theme From the Bottom, First Tube
SET 2: Turtle in the Clouds, Stray Dog, Everything is Hollow, We Are Come to Outlive Our Brains, Say it to Me S.A.N.T.O.S., The Final Hurrah, Play by Play, Death Don’t Hurt Very Long, Cool Amber and Mercury, Passing Through
SET 3: Set Your Soul Free > Tweezer > A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing > Backwards Down the Number Line > Meatstick, Bug > Run Like an Antelope
ENCORE: Loving Cup > Tweezer Reprise