Solar Motel Band leader Chris Forsyth strikes a near-perfect balance between ’70s rock tradition and present-day experimentation with his signature guitar tone.
Philadelphia’s Chris Forsyth has long proven himself a skillful and inventive modern guitarist.
Forsyth’s work in Solar Motel Band leaves no doubt that he is a shredder of the highest order. The Philadelphia-based quartet, which the guitarist has led since 2013, draws its core inspiration from the more transcendent guitar music of the 1970s. Their largely instrumental music sounds at once meticulously composed and entirely spontaneous, the product of some miracle jam session with no bum notes or wasted moments.
Solar Motel’s ability to drift and improvise is an important part of what distinguishes the band from other contemporary guitar-oriented instrumental groups. Go-to post-rock bands like Mogwai or Explosions in the Sky tend to eschew individual identity. Their compositions are about accumulation – the gradual build-up of voices, tones, and volume in an effort to generate a monolithic emotional peak. Solar Motel Band’s music is more concerned with nuance and interplay, a dialogue between the players. On The Rarity of Experience, a certain amount of noodling is permitted. The destination is often a crescendo, but not always.
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