XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Dreaming in the Non-Dream” by Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band

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Chris Forsyth | photo by Maria Dumlao | courtesy of the artist

You like those intricate Richard Thompson solos? How about those sprawling, yet literate ones Jerry Garcia plays? Are you a fan of Television’s Marquee Moon? Then look no further for inspired, awesome guitar jams than Philly’s Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band and their new album, Dreaming In The Non-Dream.

Forsyth and his band are playing WXPN’s Free at Noon this week. He’s also playing Union Transfer on November 16th, and has his record release party at Kung Fu Necktie on September 24th.

About the new album, NPR’s Laura Snapes wrote that Dreaming In The Non-Dream:

was conceived and recorded following the last U.S. election. He calls these songs “a way of grappling with that event-slash-calamity,” and took the title from a William Burroughs quote: “America is not so much a nightmare as a non-dream. The American non-dream is precisely a move to wipe the dream out of existence. The dream is a spontaneous happening and therefore dangerous to a control system set up by the non-dreamers.”

The title track to Forsyth’s new album is a spectacular krautrock inspired boogie jam. For a minute and twenty seconds into the song Forsyth warms up with a couple of basic riffs until the drums gallop in, and the band (and Forsyth) completely takes off. His melodic playing is astounding as he proceeds to stretch out, elevating the idea of a guitar solo to new heights. It’s a 15-minute jam that completely cooks. Listen to it below.

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