, attached to 2021-08-06

Review by Hamphish

Hamphish The Simple is the most compelling Jam since at least 2017...maybe 2015. Few long 3.0 jams actually stick to a theme and explore it, are rally more strings of several micro jams (many exceptions to this rule), but this morphs very comprehensively for almost 20 minutes. Reminiscent of the 8/5/11 Rock and Roll, not just in tone but in that level or true organic development, hardly any "forced" moves, Trey largely taking a back seat and meditating on a theme. 10 years later, Phish has many new toys in their arsenal though, with Trey and Page continuing opening their synth/pedal toolbox. Meanwhile Fishman sounds like his 2011 self has discovered a psychedelic-induced drum logic formerly unknown. I do think that while less frequent, early long 3.0 jams like that R&R had a higher "hit rate" because the band didn't seem to plan to jam, it just happened, whereas now I do think there is an expectation to elongate jams, often leading to "intra-jam" >s rather than ->s. This is not that at all (not to say 2011 Phish is better at all btw! I just think from 2017 onwards especially, long is increasingly less correlated with good IMO, but there is more good overall).

Completely remarkable, can't recommend it enough, this is a jam for skeptics, even though the music itself is challenging.


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