With the October 29 release date just around the corner, the fine folks at Ad Hoc are premiering Chris Forsyth‘s monumental record Solar Motel in its staggering entirety, for a limited time. Follow this link for their assessment, interview with Chris, and stream, or check it out while you can on our Soundcloud page. You can order the album here; please note that, due to a technical delay at the pressing plant, vinyl orders will ship in two to three weeks.
Those of you within reach of the Northeast Corridor will want to attend the Solar Motel Record Release Show at the Rotunda in Philadelphia on November 15, featuring the excellent Mind Over Mirrors project of Forsyth’s Peeesseye colleague Jamie Fennelly, plus live video by Maria Dumlao.
The always interesting Aquarium Drunkard has weighed in with an ecstatic review of the record, deeming it a masterpiece and premiering Maria Dumlao‘s video for “Part I,” which you can view above. Here’s an excerpt:
The album is some kind of masterpiece, a four-part suite of ecstatic, spiritual psychedelia that splits the difference between unabashed classic rock thrills and a spikey avant garde sense of adventure. Try to imagine Television circa 1977 recording a cover of Pharoah Sanders’ “The Creator Has A Master Plan” and you’re halfway there.
It’s an ambitious approach that not many players could pull off, but Forsyth does it with the ease and dynamism of a virtuoso. His tones shimmer and shatter, resonating beautifully from moment to moment. As great a guitarist as he is, however, Forsyth’s real strength might lie in the architectural nature of his songwriting, as he and his band patiently build up majestic sound structures, only to gleefully demolish them in bursts of cacophony. And then they do it all over again. Solar Motel‘s four parts are composed with an expert’s eye for detail, while still leaving plenty of room for live wire spontaneity and excitement.
– Tyler Wilcox, Aquarium Drunkard