Chris Forsyth All Time Present

All Time Present

Chris Forsyth

Released on April 12, 2019 by No Quarter

Main artist: Chris Forsyth

Genre: Pop/Rock > Rock > Alternative & Indie

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Guitarist/composer Chris Forsyth grew from experimental roots but developed his playing into something masterful and distinctive as he honed his craft over the years. Even while he was most active in the sometimes challenging sounds of New York's improvisational scene in the late '90s and early 2000s, Forsyth was looking for new ways to twist his instrument into something that could be technically sharp and without conventional boundaries at the same time. By the time he founded the Solar Motel Band in 2013, Forsyth had spent decades cultivating a guitar sound that drew on the sturdiness of classic roots rock and extended free-form jamming and elements of spiritual jazz and early Americana. The sprawling double album All Time Present is a sampler pack of Forsyth's strongest impulses, offering up just eight mostly instrumental pieces but stretching out in different directions over the course of its hour-plus playing time. Though All Time Present is the first work billed as a solo album since 2013's Solar Motel, Forsyth is bolstered by various players on every track. Most notably, bassist Peter Kerlin (also of Sunwatchers) and drummer Ryan Jewell add weight to tracks like album opener "Tomorrow Might As Well Be Today" or the Rosali-sung "Dream Song." These songs push steadily while they buzz with a loose, anxious energy, like Crazy Horse jamming with Amon Duul and trying to keep up. Songs drift in and out of each other, the free ramble of "The Past Ain't Passed" swimming in formlessness for almost nine minutes before giving way to the acoustic intro of barnburner "New Paranoid Cat." Though Grateful Dead-modeled jamming plays into Forsyth's style, he opts for a far more calculated take on jam band psychedelia, making sharp, intentional turns on the synth/guitar duet "(Livin' On) Cubist Time" rather than noodling aimlessly. The various parts of the album go in a multitude of stylistic directions but still feel intertwined. Even though most tracks approach the ten-minute mark and album closer "Techno Top" nearly hits 20 minutes, Forsyth never stays on one idea too long, and the entire experience somehow seems to rush by. While All Time Present moves through various moods and approaches, from Krautrock reenvisioned as rural guitar rock to floating ambience, it remains knowingly tied together by threads of dazzling playing and boundless exploration. ~ Fred Thomas
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Album : 1 disk - 8 tracks Total length : 01:14:05

  1. 1 Tomorrow Might as Well Be Today

    Chris Forsyth, Composer, Lyricist, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 No Quarter Records 2019 No Quarter Records

  2. 2 Mystic Mountain

    Chris Forsyth, Composer, Lyricist, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 No Quarter Records 2019 No Quarter Records

  3. 3 The Man Who Knew Too Much

    Chris Forsyth, Composer, Lyricist, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 No Quarter Records 2019 No Quarter Records

  4. 4 Dream Song

    Chris Forsyth, Composer, Lyricist, Artist - RosaLi, Artist - Chris Forsyth feat. Rosali, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 No Quarter Records 2019 No Quarter Records

  5. 5 The Past Ain’t Passed

    Chris Forsyth, Composer, Lyricist, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 No Quarter Records 2019 No Quarter Records

  6. 6 New Paranoid Cat

    Chris Forsyth, Composer, Lyricist, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 No Quarter Records 2019 No Quarter Records

  7. 7 (Livin’ On) Cubist Time

    Chris Forsyth, Composer, Lyricist, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 No Quarter Records 2019 No Quarter Records

  8. 8 Techno Top

    Chris Forsyth, Composer, Lyricist, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 No Quarter Records 2019 No Quarter Records

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  • Guitarist/composer Chris Forsyth grew from experimental roots but developed his playing into something masterful and distinctive as he honed his craft over the years. Even while he was most active in the sometimes challenging sounds of New York's improvisational scene in the late '90s and early 2000s, Forsyth was looking for new ways to twist his instrument into something that could be technically sharp and without conventional boundaries at the same time. By the time he founded the Solar Motel Band in 2013, Forsyth had spent decades cultivating a guitar sound that drew on the sturdiness of classic roots rock and extended free-form jamming and elements of spiritual jazz and early Americana. The sprawling double album All Time Present is a sampler pack of Forsyth's strongest impulses, offering up just eight mostly instrumental pieces but stretching out in different directions over the course of its hour-plus playing time. Though All Time Present is the first work billed as a solo album since 2013's Solar Motel, Forsyth is bolstered by various players on every track. Most notably, bassist Peter Kerlin (also of Sunwatchers) and drummer Ryan Jewell add weight to tracks like album opener "Tomorrow Might As Well Be Today" or the Rosali-sung "Dream Song." These songs push steadily while they buzz with a loose, anxious energy, like Crazy Horse jamming with Amon Duul and trying to keep up. Songs drift in and out of each other, the free ramble of "The Past Ain't Passed" swimming in formlessness for almost nine minutes before giving way to the acoustic intro of barnburner "New Paranoid Cat." Though Grateful Dead-modeled jamming plays into Forsyth's style, he opts for a far more calculated take on jam band psychedelia, making sharp, intentional turns on the synth/guitar duet "(Livin' On) Cubist Time" rather than noodling aimlessly. The various parts of the album go in a multitude of stylistic directions but still feel intertwined. Even though most tracks approach the ten-minute mark and album closer "Techno Top" nearly hits 20 minutes, Forsyth never stays on one idea too long, and the entire experience somehow seems to rush by. While All Time Present moves through various moods and approaches, from Krautrock reenvisioned as rural guitar rock to floating ambience, it remains knowingly tied together by threads of dazzling playing and boundless exploration. ~ Fred Thomas

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