by Dave Segal
on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 10:29 AM
(Gallery 1412) One of America's most interesting guitarists who probably won't appear in Guitarist magazine, Chris Forsyth (Peeesseye, Phantom Limb) applies minimalist techniques to psych rock, folk, and drone. On albums like Paranoid Cat and Kenzo Deluxe, Forsyth imbues exceptional emotiveness into his stripped-down 6- and 12-string mantras. His music sounds like that of an elite music college graduate who later went on a nature retreat in Nepal to reject all that academic stuffiness and get in touch with his inner mystic. Locals Particle Being Ensemble and Karnak Temples—both of whom have crucial releases on Seattle's Debacle Records—provide the ideal prelude to Forsyth with their own astral jazz and exploratory drone poetry, respectively.