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LP released: Mar 29, 2011

Tracklisting:
1. Paranoid Cat, Parts 1-3
2. New Pharmacist Boogie [for Jack]
3. Front Street Drone
4. Anniversary Day
CHRIS FORSYTH
PARANOID CAT
Label: FAMILY VINEYARD
Cat No: FV80LP
Barcode: 0656605408019
Packaging: LP Regular

Paranoid Cat is Philadelphia guitarist Chris Forsyth's third solo album and first for Family Vineyard -- a sprawling, harmonically-charged sidelong suite backed by a clutch of compositions merging raw and delicate American roots traditions. After more than a decade trotting the globe and recording with a mess of today's avant garde greats, plus co-leading the brazenly absurd Peeesseye, Forsyth has arranged a full-band to accompany his electric six-string vision of interlocking arpeggios and maximalist peaks. The kaleidoscopic arrangements of Paranoid Cat are a leap from the stripped down attack on Forsyth's hotly acclaimed 2009 Dreams, a long-gone tiny edition LP that will be reissued by Family Vineyard later this year. Paranoid Cat is the result of Forsyth performing with a band over recent years and bringing together drummer Mike Pride, bassist Peter Kerlin, pianist Hans Chew (member of D. Charles Speer & Helix), pedal steel player Marc Orleans (Sunburned, D. Charles Speer, etc) Koen Holtkamp (of Mountains) on synths, trumpeter Nate Wooley and others into the studio. The side-long, three part opener '' Paranoid Cat'' spirals out from a groove that owes as much to Richard Lloyd/Television as John Fahey's America opus and continues through a transformation tempered by Chew's piano but eventually breaks into a neo-psychedelic wall of sound. It's a startling epic masterwork for 2011 and beyond. A much shorter, acoustic version of this song kicked off last year's Imaginational Anthem IV: New Possibilities compilation on Tompkins Square. The second side showcases Forsyth's depth with the aptly named ''New Pharmacist Boogie'' -- a ripper in the vein of a one-string John Lee Hooker pulse study dedicated to departed friend Jack Rose -- and the emotionally devastating sustained blues '' Front S treet Drone. '' ''Anniversary Day'' fuses a lumbering pedal steel, marimba, trumpet and more into a cosmopolitan finale nodding toward Van Dyke Parks handiwork. SALES POINTS * Serviced to college and non-commercial radio stations and press * Forsyth was featured on Tompkins Square 2010's Imaginational Anthem IV: New Possibilities compilation * RIYL: Jack Rose, James Blacksaw, Jim O'Rourke, John Fahey Tracklisting: Side A 1. Paranoid Cat, Parts 1-3 Side B 2. New Pharmacist Boogie (for Jack) 3. Front Street Drone 4. Anniversary Day

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