Antifogmatic, the follow-up to the Punch Brothers' 2008 debut, Punch, is a collaboratively written collection of songs. Antifogmatic is seamlessly sequenced to display the collective imagination, the instrumental and vocal power, of the band -Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjo player Noam Pikelny, and fiddler Gabe Witcher. They recorded and mixed the album at Hollywood's historic Ocean Way studio with iconoclastic producer Jon Brion and engineer Greg Koller. The arrangements on Antifogmatic range from intimate to boisterous and back; genre-wise, the band once again ventures where no string band has ever gone before. The spare opening track "You Are" contrasts percussive guitar riffs with lyrical string parts that dance around Thile's sweet upper register as he spins a tale of romantic emancipation; occasionally, the other instruments give way to reveal the throb of the bass. This special deluxe edition of Antifogmatic includes a 4-song instrumental EP and a 7-song DVD filmed during the band's Living Room residency. The first 250 copies will also include a signed "Punch Cocktail Recipe Guide." The word "Antifogmatic," explains Thile," is an old term for a bracing beverage, generally rum or whiskey, that a person would have before going out to work in rough weather to stave off any ill effects. This batch of tunes could be used in much the same way, and includes some characters who would probably benefit mightily, if temporarily, from a good antifogmatic."