CHRIS FORSYTH & THE SO­LAR MO­TEL BAND

Dream­ing In The Non-Dream 8/10

UNCUT - - New Albums David Rawlings - Highly charged work­outs from a 21st-cen­tury guitar hero JOHN MUL­VEY

Over the past few years, cul­mi­nat­ing in 2016’s dou­ble al­bum, The Rar­ity Of Ex­pe­ri­ence, the Philadel­phia-based Forsyth has emerged as stan­dard­bearer of a febrile elec­tric guitar tra­di­tion, one that in­cor­po­rates Richard Thomp­son and Jerry Gar­cia, Tele­vi­sion and Sonic Youth. This year’s out­ing is a more stream­lined cre­ation, clock­ing in at 36 min­utes and with the sec­ond gui­tarist culled from the So­lar Mo­tel stu­dio lineup. Still, Forsyth’s im­per­a­tive to find new pos­si­bil­i­ties from a clas­sic for­mat shines through. Horns shade the lyri­cism of “His­tory & Sci­ence Fic­tion”, while po­lit­i­cal in­dig­na­tion is im­plicit in the fu­ri­ous for­ward mo­men­tum of the ti­tle track – a needle­point funk joust with key­boardist Shawn E Hansen that ranks as one of Forsyth’s best jams.

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