BBMAs 2018

Plasma

Anyone who can shine the spotlight, at separate times, on guitar, horns, keyboards, percussion, and piano—and avoid making a jumbling melodic mess of it all—must be heralded.

Anyone who can shine the spotlight, at separate times, on guitar, horns, keyboards, percussion, and piano—and avoid making a jumbling melodic mess of it all—must be heralded. On the two-disc live set, Plasma, Phish frontman Trey Anastasio successfully adds to his repertoire as a jamming solo act, which began last year with Trey Anastasio. For the most part, Plasma includes unreleased material and clever studio productions of live work (a 21-minute jam spectacular of "Inner Tube," for instance). Also strong are new cuts "Curlew's Call" and "Plasma," replete with summer-primed samba beats and classic-rock grooves, respectively. Free spirits like Anastasio are not known for expert lyricism, but he still slips in thinking-man's lines like "No matter how you slice your day/ Dream of places far away . . . You always end up where you start."—SA