The Siket Disc
Label: Jemp Records
The Siket Disc is a vital, if overlooked, entry in Phish’s sprawling catalog. Consisting primarily of improvised instrumentals and experiments recorded during the making of 1998’s The Story of the Ghost, it’s far and away the band’s most avant-garde studio effort. This isn’t jam rock per se; more like psychedelic post-rock and fusion-flavored minimalism. The album’s anchor is “What’s the Use,” a long-form piece that’s profoundly ghostly and entrancing. With its off-kilter reggae groove, “The Happy Whip and Dung Song” is just as hypnotic. Then there’s “Title Track,” 60 deliciously weird seconds of electronics, percussion, and voice. What a fantastically cool record.