Cluster Flies: Sylvan Esso – Farmhouse


JamBase presents Cluster Flies, a covers compilation reimagining Phish’s album Farmhouse, complete with bonus songs and revamped tracklist. The limited-edition 3LP release was mastered by engineer Joe Lambert and includes custom artwork and a poster created by longtime Phish collaborator Jim Pollock. A pre-order is underway now through May 3 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. Visit www.clusterflies.com for purchasing information as well as full album credits and tracklist details.

Each of the songs on Cluster Flies will be featured via daily episodes of The JamBase Podcast with interviews with the musician that recorded the cover. Today’s episode features Sylvan Esso’s cover of “Farmhouse,” which premieres today on SiriusXM Phish Radio. Explore additional Cluster Flies podcast episodes here.

Phish’s song, “Farmhouse,” served as both the first song and title track of the band’s 2000 album, Farmhouse. Guitarist Trey Anastasio wrote “Farmhouse” with his frequent writing partner, lyricist Tom Marshall.

Phish’s most recent offering of “Farmhouse” was on February 23, 2020, in Riviera Maya, Mexico, which was also the last time they performed together in public before the COVID-19 pandemic. “Farmhouse” was played by TAB at last year’s The Beacon Jams livestream concert held on November 13, 2020, at The Beacon Theatre in New York City.

Since its inception, “Farmhouse” has undergone a variety of changes to the way Phish plays the song. Over the years “Farmhouse” has changed keys, altered its intro, added and dropped measures and more. The evolution of “Farmhouse” is explored in detail by JamBase’s David Onigman in the episode of The JamBase Podcast below.

The episode also features an interview with Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath of Sylvan Esso who covered “Farmhouse” for Cluster Flies. Nick and Amelia recently spoke to JamBase’s Andy Kahn about participating in the project and how they created their version of “Farmhouse.” Nick’s Phish fandom dates back to the mid-1990s and he talked about the ways the band has influenced his career. Newer-fan Amelia discussed her experience attending her first — and so far only — Phish concert and how her love for the band continues to grow.

Sylvan Esso’s cover of “Farmhouse” premieres tonight (Tuesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. ET) on an episode of SiriusXM Phish Radio’s Crowd Control. Sanborn hosts the episode that also features his hand-selected live Phish tracks focusing solely on “Tweezer.”

Stream the “Farmhouse” Cluster Flies episode of The JamBase Podcast below or via all major podcast services including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Google Podcast:


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