Dreaming in the Non-Dream (Great Title!) by Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band.
Two long songs and two shorter songs, on this new album from Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band.
The longer songs are instrumental jams, and often have a feeling of familiarity about them. “Wait, is that a Byrds Riff? Boy this sounds like Television. What the!? Is this section really a jam on the ‘Sing Women’ section of Aerosmith’s ‘Dream On’?” The best song, and the one where they seem most to throw off their allusions and influences, is, “Have We Mistaken the Bottle for the Whiskey Inside”. #Chris Forsyth #TheSolarMotelBand #ChrisForsythAndTheSolarMotelBand #TodaysCommuteSoundtrack
The Rarity of Experience by The Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band.
The first song on this album, “Anthem I”, really does take you back to the heyday of guitar squall, when dinosaurs like Dire Straits walked the land.
With guitar strategies roughly in the neighborhood of Television, Dire Straits, and Richard Thompson, Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band certainly stand apart from much of contemporary pop music (not to say they’re shy about using modern digital fx to layer their guitar sound even thicker than the aforementioned guitar kaiju ever considered). Deadpan, Meat Puppets-ish vocals on some tracks, add to the retro feel.
Though, not really a “nostalgia” band, I feel like they haven’t quite synthesized their influences into their own voice.
Looking forward to finding out where they go from here on their next album.