To all those who ordered the Chris Forsyth Solar Motel vinyl, we sincerely apologize for the delays at the pressing plant. The good news is that the issues have been corrected, the records are looking and sounding incredible (see above), and the vinyl ships out to you today. Keep your eyes on your mailboxes. To thank you for your support and patience, we’ve thrown in one of our PoB Krab Koozies for all vinyl Solar Motel orders placed up to this point.
Those of you within reach of the Northeast Corridor will want to attend the Solar Motel Record Release Show at the Rotunda in Philadelphia tonight, November 15, featuring the excellent Mind Over Mirrors project of Forsyth’s Peeesseye colleague Jamie Fennelly, plus live video by Maria Dumlao.
Here are some more rousing press accolades from the fine people at Uncut and NPR.
9/10. It’s a fierce, exploratory record that sounds, in a way, like an instrumental sequel to Television’s Marquee Moon. Forsyth understands how to elevate mathematical riffing with lyrical flourishes and buried echoes of folk motifs. As a whole, it’s brilliant… Intergalactic glossolalia. Behold: the darkness doubles!
– Alastair McKay, Uncut (longer review here)
I feel like Chris is going to make his life about trying to get inside the guitar. He’s trying to conquer it, but he respects it as an opponent.
– Adam Granduciel, The War on Drugs
Chris Forsyth’s Solar Motel deconstructs the guitar jam from rock music — Television, Grateful Dead, Sonic Youth, The Doors — with full band in tow. Like the true roots of rock ‘n’ roll, Solar Motel has a distinct sense of full-body movement, but pursues the unknown rhythms of the rabbit hole instead of dancing around it.
– Lars Gotrich, NPR Music (read the entire piece here)
Finally, here is some documentation of Chris in other contexts. With fellow Philadelphian improvisers Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler:
… And in honor of Lou Reed, with Steve Gunn as the Sweet Sister Ray Band at Philadelphia’s ICA back in 2011: