Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band: Dreaming In The Non-Dream

Dreaming In The Non-Dream

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band

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  • Release Date 25 August 2017
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No Quarter

The idea that rock music ever pretended to promise ‘transcendence’ is ridiculous, or at least it seems so under present conditions. Leaving aside the obvious question even (‘transcendence’ of what?), the idea seems archaic, optimistic in a way that’s hard to access in the Trump/Brexit era. Chris Forsyth’s music is too kinetically aware, too intelligent and frankly too goddamn punk to make any such outsized promises but also nearly impossible to hear without considering the idea. Because as sure as ‘Dreaming In The Non-Dream’ is subject to all the dread pressures that have contorted us all of late - it would be a drab mistake to call this a ‘political record’ but also straight-up lazy to miss its subtle cues. It’s a record that conveys ecstasy as surely as Pharoah Sanders does, or the Velvet Underground did.

In this respect, it’s hard to imagine who Forsyth’s contemporaries might be. It’s always been this way: the greats tend to feel a little out-of-plumb with their moment (only hindsight lets us see it otherwise) and Forsyth’s music has been sparring with some large forces from the beginning. He’s always united the homely with the astral, the abstract with the visceral in his ‘Solar Motels’ and ‘Intensity Ghosts’. There’s something different about ‘Dreaming In The Non-Dream’, though. There’s a fresh economy involved here, a sense of not a note wasted.

Despite psychedelic leanings, Forsyth’s records have always trained toward concision - plenty of space, yet never slack - but these tunes erupt with startling swiftness, then spend the rest of their quick-burning lives teasing multiple moods and patterns out of relatively simple materials.

1 History & Science Fiction  
2 Have We Mistaken The Bottle For The Whiskey Inside?  
3 Dreamin In The Non-Dream  
4 Two Minutes Love  

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