Phish Reveals ‘Evolve’ Tracklist & Shares Potent ‘Oblivion’ Single

The 12-track follow-up to 2020’s Sigma Oasis is due out on July 12.

By Scott Bernstein May 21, 2024 7:09 am PDT

Phish unveiled “Oblivion,” the second advanced single from their forthcoming studio album, Evolve. The tracklist of the band’s 16th full-length effort, which arrives via JEMP Records on July 12, has also been announced.

Produced by Bryce Goggin and Vance Powell, Evolve consists of 12 tracks. The quartet recorded the LP at their The Barn facility in Vermont last fall. Evolve is now available for pre-order in digital, CD and double LP vinyl formats. “The Well” will be included on vinyl only.

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Phish reworked six songs for Evolve that were previously released on guitarist Trey Anastasio‘s albums, including “Life Saving Gun” which initially appeared on his January collaborative sutdio album with bandmate keyboardist Page McConnell. “Evolve,” “A Wave Of Hope” and “Lonely Trip” were originally recorded and released by Anastasio on his 2020 pandemic album, Lonely Trip, while fellow Evolve cuts “Hey Stranger” and “Mercy” first were issued on his 2022 solo acoustic LP, Mercy.

Of the six songs that have never been issued in any form, at least five were debuted live during Anastasio’s Trey Trio run with Phish drummer Jon Fishman and TAB bassist Dezron Douglas in June 2023 at Denver’s Mission Ballroom. “Oblivion,” “Pillow Jets,” “Monsters,” “Ether Edge” and “Valdese” (entitled “Valdise” on LivePhish) each saw action for the first time during the three-night stand as did Evolve bonus track “The Well.” The track “Human Nature” does not match up with the title of any song previously played by Phish or the band’s side projects.

Phish has performed at least 10 of the songs featured on Evolve live. “Valdese” was shelved after the debut performance by the Trey Anastasio Trio in Denver on June 11, 2023 while “Human Nature” appears to be brand new.

Out today is the studio version of “Oblivion” which follows the release of title track “Evolve” last month. Trey Anastasio wrote “Oblivion” with longtime lyricist Tom Marshall. “Oblivion” was debuted live by the Trey Anastasio Trio on June 9, 2023 and quickly made the jump to the Phish repertoire. The quartet has performed the song a total of 10 times dating back to its Phish debut on July 11, 2023 at opening night of their summer tour in Huntsville, Alabama.

Listen to Phish’s studio version of “Oblivion” and view the tracklist below:

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Evolve Tracklist

  1. Hey Stranger
  2. Oblivion
  3. Evolve
  4. A Wave Of Hope
  5. Pillow Jets
  6. Lonely Trip
  7. Life Saving Gun
  8. Monsters
  9. Ether Edge
  10. Human Nature
  11. Valdese
  12. Mercy
  13. The Well (vinyl only)

Phish launches their summer tour with a three-night stand at Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts July 19 – 21. The trek continues through their annual visit to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park near Denver over Labor Day Weekend, August 29 – September 1. Find all dates and ticketing info below.

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