As of today there’s a musical collaboration in the works so incongruous it might even top Loutallica (might). Spin reported this afternoon that Trey Anastasio, guitarist and leader of kings of the jam band world Phish, is working on a new solo album — and he’s apparently in close collaboration with members of indie-rock groups The National and Mates of State.
Recording for the forthcoming album has been underway at Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, Conn. It is unknown as of right now who from The National and Mates of State are involved with the project, but Anastasio has allegedly been playing and recording with members of each band for the past month.
Anastasio’s recording sessions at Tarquin Studios are being helmed and co-produced by experimental indie-rock producer Peter Katis, who fronts his own band The Philistines Jr. The sessions are expected to complete by New Year’s Eve, when Anastasio will resume his duties with Phish and play four consecutive nights at Madison Square Garden.
The odd combination of jam-rock figurehead and popular indie-rock producer and musicians should rightfully come as a surprise from fans on either end of the spectrum — but with Anastasio regularly covering TV on the Radio with Phish and professing admiration for Beach Hous, and with indie sensations like tUnE-yArDs and Vampire Weekend openly admitting a liking for Phish, maybe it’s finally time the hippies and hipsters learn to get along.
Anastasio will embark on an orchestral tour in the spring.