Peeesseye (P.S.I.) member and weirdo guitar hero Chris Forsyth melts down the spirit of six string Americana in his latest effort for Northern Spy, Kenzo Deluxe. When flying solo, Forsyth's cosmic bluesmanship is just as categorically elusive as his collaborative ventures; he manages to distill country's plains wanderings in "Down & Ups," meditatively boogie within a funky soundtrack imagination in "First 10 Minutes of Cocksucker Blues," and zone out psych-style during the benzo-dipped Kenzo anthem that is "East Kensington Run Down."
The highlight, however, is the distorted, noisy goo of "Boston Street Lullaby No. 2" that oozes out like a sweet, sharp sigh before a restless, necessary slumber. Nadia Hironaka & Matthew Suib directed the rainbow-colored slice of waking life that is it's music video, mashing together, to enrapturing effect, negative-image thermal visions of black butterflies, fading landscapes, and locust-plague gangs of birds encircling a surreal skyline. It's hard to tell if you hear this lullaby in some hypnagogic playground of the mind before bedtime, or in purgatory before your last step into the afterlife.
Kenzo Deluxe is out July 10th on Northern Spy. Tour dates for Chris' first extended U.S. tour after the jump.
7/5 - Pittsburgh @ 5201 Penn Ave w/ Pairdown
7/6 - Cleveland @ Happy Dog w/ Mike Fekete & Watchword
7/7 - Detroit @ Trinosophes
7/9 - Columbus @ Wild Goose Creative w/ Mike Fekete & Mike Tamburo
7/10 - Arlington VA @ CD Cellar
7/11 - Baltimore @ Golden West
7/13 - Brooklyn @ Death By Audio / Spy Music Festival w/ PG Six, Rhyton & Raajmahal - RECORD RELEASE SHOW #1
7/14 Philadelphia @ Aux w/ Spacin' & Mary Lattimore/Jeff Zeigler - RECORD RELEASE SHOW #2
7/18 - Kansas City @ Charlotte Street - La Esquina w/ Expo 70 & A Pairing
7/19 - St. Louis @ Negative Control w/ Raglani
7/20 - Lafayette IN @ Foam City w/ Circuit des Yeux
7/21 - Milwaukee @ The Sugar Maple w/ Mind Over Mirrors
7/22 - Chicago @ The Burlington w/ Mind Over Mirrors & Zelienople
7/23 - Madison @ Mickey's Tavern w/ Spiral Joy Band
7/24 - Minneapolis @ Madame of the Arts
7/25 - Iowa City @ The Mill