Solvent is Jason Amm, a robot music composer and analog synthesizer fetishist. Born in Zimbabwe in 1972, Solvent currently resides in a room full of machines in Toronto, Canada. Solvent has been releasing his unique brand of synthesizer-pop music since 1997, and is best known for his releases on Morr Music (2001's Solvent City) and Ghostly International (2004's Apples & Synthesizers, 2005's Elevators & Oscillators). He is also co-founder of the obscure, yet influencial electro(nica) label, Suction Records. Solvent has created his own unique version of electro-pop: too elegant and sincere for the electroclash set, too complex and contemporary to sound like it was recorded in 1981, and too seeped in the time-honoured traditions of melody, songwriting and hands-on synthesis to be lost in the overcrowded world of IDM. Solvent is widely regarded in the underground electronica community as being at the forefront of electro-pop's return to form. UK magazine The Wire has described Solvent as part of a new generation of composers "gleefully blurring the lines" between modern techno and vintage techno-pop. Solvent currently records exclusively for Ghostly International, and has been touring extensively since 2004, having shared the stage with Adult., Legowelt, Bola, Junior Boys, Matthew Dear, Arovane, Lowfish, and others. Solvent's release schedule for 2006 includes the debut full-length release by a new side project called Black Turtleneck, a couple of split releases with Lowfish, as well as a new Solvent 12" and (fingers crossed) full-length. Also watch out for extensive Solvent live dates throughout North America and Europe later in the year.
Official Website: http://www.myspace.com/wantedthursdays
Added by sroe on December 1, 2006