Phish's new album, an intimate, yet quirky mellow rocker, is a wonderful tutorial for the aspiring musician on songwriting and part voicing. Each member's seemingly effortless mastery of his instrument can be heard on most tracks, and like true veterans, there is a great deal of theory gluing each tune together in a logical and effective way. The songs are immediately catchy, but their emotional depth will have listeners admiring the wholistic quality of the album in its entirety.
Farmhouse is a great example of how much the band has learned over the past few years in terms of using the studio in an tasteful and unobstrusive way to foster creativity, and further explore the many faces of musial expression.
If you like this album, I would also recommend Phish's recent releases, "Story of the Ghost" and "Billy Breathes." Enjoy!