Posts Tagged ‘Peter Kerlin’

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band – Rare Dreams: Solar Live 2.27.18

Man, these Bandcamp days are positively spoiling the lot of us with Chris Forsyth live releases. After packing out my list of live highlights from last year, Chris jumps off 2021 quick with another live document pressed deep into the wax that’s proving indispensable. The set here shows a ravenous lineup of his Solar Motel Band, this time in trio formation with Sunwatchers’ Peter Kerlin and Jason Robira holding down the rhythm . The set from Cafe Oto lays waste to a version of “Dreaming In The Non-Dream,” the song that’s quickly becoming the watermark of Forsyth live releases, changing colors in the light with each recording. While the full set was longer than what’s presented here, the pressing offers up another Forsyth catalog cut and then balances the boil with two Neil Young covers, letting the trio map out a fried vision of Young’s most zoned visions. If you snagged any of the live platters from last year, then it seems you’ve got a trifecta to realize with this pickup. Always recommended. Not to be missed.



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Peter Kerlin

I’ve not been shy about my love of Sunwatchers around here, but the band itself is so full of accomplished players that their coming together is only like trying to watch the brightest suns converge before blazing out in a blast of energy. So its only natural that when the members stray solo, that’s worth noting. Bassist Peter Kerlin has cropped up here a few times already this year, not only with Sunwatchers on two releases but also with Brigid Dawson and Bent Arcana. His playing always lends a supple vision to a release and his solo tape Glaring Omission puts him squarely in front. The pieces here show Kerlin working through mastering the eight string bass while overcoming the loss of a friend and the latter component hangs over the pieces in a tumult of emotions and timbres. The cassette’s instrumental passages aren’t quite as turbulent as his work with either Arcana or the Watchers but there’s a subtle internal struggle threaded through the quiet tension of the works here.

Casting in a lovely mix of players including his fellow Solar Motel member Ryan Jewell and Brent Cordero (Psychic Ills, Mike Wexler), the album hardly seems like a tangent from Kerlin’s usual output. The album touches on jazz, kosmiche, and a somber strain of post-rock that’s sublimated into a gaseous haze threaded through a maze of rhythm that sees Jewell and Kerlin shouldering the pulse of the project. Loss, confusion, reclamation and resolve all play out of the six tracks here and Kerlin once again asserts himself as one of the best in the business, whether he’s at the helm or enmeshed in the ensemble.





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