Mike Gordon Announces New Solo Album, “Flying Games”

Mike Gordon

Photo by Rene Huemer

Phish bassist and co-founder Mike Gordon has revealed his sixth solo album, Flying Games, will be released on May 12th. The release will be his first solo studio record since 2017’s OGOGO.

A press release for the album calls it “constant and wildly hypnotic” and a continuation of Gordon’s explorations into merging sonic states from disco and dancehall to psych-folk and funk.” Gordon will be joined by drummer John Kimock, keyboardist Robert Walter, percussionist Craig Myers, and guitarist/pedal-steel player Scott Murawski, although he did all of the writing on his own this time around.

“As someone who comes from a world of telepathic improvisation, the idea of one person layering sounds alone in a room might seem a bit against the mythos,” says Gordon. “But with this record I didn’t want to work in that traditional way of going into a studio with a band and recording for two weeks; I wanted to take my time and explore, and really go deep into the fabric of the music to see what we could find.”

Fans can get a preview of what’s to come with the first single, “Tilting,” which comes with a trippy animated video.

“For me ‘Tilting’ is about being in a situation or a relationship where you don’t know if your footing is solid,” the bassist says, “but then accepting that and realizing you enjoy the feeling of disorientation. Whether it’s playing music or driving or experiencing something new, I’ve always felt more present when I don’t know where I’m going next.”

In addition to Flying Games, Gordon has announced a solo band tour for June and July.

Mike Gordon Tour Dates 2023:

Jun 15Portland, MEState Theatre,
Jun 16Swanzey, NHNorthlands Music Festival *
Jun 17New York, NYWebster Hall
Jun 18Buffalo, NYTown Ballroom
Jun 20Covington, KYMadison Theater
Jun 21Kalamazoo, MIBell’s Eccentric Cafe
Jun 23Eau Claire, WIBlue Ox Music Festival *
Jun 24Chicago, ILThalia Hall, Chicago, IL
Jun 25Chicago, ILThalia Hall, Chicago, IL
Jun 27St. Louis, MODelmar Hall
Jun 28Indianapolis, INThe Vogue
Jun 30Millvale, PAMr. Smalls Theatre
Jul 1Scranton, PAPeach Music Festival *
Jul 2Burlington, VTHigher Ground Ballroom

* Festival Appearance

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