When: Sun., July 22, 9:30 p.m. 2012
Philadelphia guitarist Chris Forsyth, a founding member of defunct psych-noise-improv trio Peeesseye, has called his music "cosmic Americana"—and that description applies better than ever to his trippy new solo album, Kenzo Deluxe (Northern Spy). It begins with the lurching "First Ten Minutes of Cocksucker Blues," which uses coarse, ringing overtones and flanged-out, almost quacky stabs heavy with vibrato to create permutations of a simple bluesy phrase. Forsyth gets a bit more Americana and a bit less cosmic on "Downs & Ups," where gentle, meditative melodies emerge from humid arpeggios, and "Boston Street Lullaby No. 2," whose descending patterns of rumbling, reverb-soaked chords blossom into resonant tangles of noise that accumulate into a single hovering blur. Forsyth clearly takes inspiration from John Fahey's Takoma school of guitar, but equally important is the recent output of Loren Mazzacane Connors—both musicians devoted their careers to infusing Americana with the cosmic. —Peter Margasak Mind Over Mirrors headlines; Chris Forsyth and Zelienople open.