Chris Forsyth is a lauded guitarist, composer, and bandleader whose work assimilates art-rock textures and vernacular American influences with memorable songs and taut improvisations. Long active in underground circles, he’s recently released a string of acclaimed records of widescreen guitar rock, and in 2013, he assembled The Solar Motel Band, who have quickly developed a reputation as an incredible live act, provoking ecstatic comparisons to visionary artists such as Television, The Dream Syndicate, Popol Vuh, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, and Richard Thompson.
His most recent release with The Solar Motel Band is the 2016 double album The Rarity of Experience (No Quarter). Raves have been universal. Pitchfork called it “a near-perfect balance between 70s rock tradition and present day experimentation,” NPR Music named Forsyth “one of rock’s most lyrical guitar improvisors,” and the New York Times calls him “a scrappy and mystical historian… His music humanizes the element of control in rock classicism (and) turns it into a woolly but disciplined ritual.” The Rarity of Experience was a regular on year-end lists including Uncut (#38 Top 75 Albums of 2016), NPR Music (#87 Top 100 Songs of 2016), Aquarium Drunkard and many more.
HIs next record, Dreaming in the Non-Dream, will be released in August on No Quarter.