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"Forgotten Sol"

Cristina Orbe has "such a smooth, velvety, lush voice,
it's just beautiful."

- Lisa Wood, KEXP

"Forgotten Sol - Contradiction"

G-POP NET Album Review of Contradiction
Forgotten Sol - Contradiction
Genre: Neo-Soul, Hip Hop, Jazz, Blues, Latin

by Jon Minners

I am a firm believer that Myspace is going to change the world. Forget about all the negative hype you hear on the news. They are just looking for controversial stories and often ignore the positives that sometimes go along with it. I know…I’m a hard news journalist. It’s what we do. Thank God for my side gig. For every bad thing you can say about Myspace, there are 100 positive things to add. Myspace is changing the way we listen to music and it is finally opening up our world to great songs by wonderful artists, who for whatever reason can’t crack the Clear Channel monopolized market.

I discovered Forgotten Sol through Myspace. You can check out their page at While turning the dial on my radio, I don’t hear the blues; I don’t hear much Jazz; I don’t get much soul on my radio. So, it is very important to look for it and if you look hard enough you will find it. And that is how I found this treasure.

Forgotten Sol was initially a duo, but has since become a six-piece band touring the Seattle scene. The group is led by a fellow New Yorker, Cristina Orbe, who provides an authentic alto voice to the music on the group’s latest release Contradiction. A great voice is only made better by the band that supports her. Filling out the pieces of the puzzle are guitarist Dan Moore, bassist Keith Judelman, drummer Chris Stromquist along with SoulChilde, who provides the integral harmonies to the melodies that make for the best soul sound I have ever heard.

You can say that Forgotten Sol comes from that conscious style that has made such artists as Common, Erykah Badu, India Arie and John Legend the stars they are today, but that would be just a mainstream maven’s way of trying to identify this music with a relevant sound. In all honesty, I can’t really describe the style of Forgotten Sol. It’s like walking into a club and listening to some spoken word poetry. Everyone offers their own unique voice and separately, the artists are great, but together, it is an experience like no other.

That’s what I can say about Contradiction. You take a little Hip Hop, put it together with R&B, a little Latin, some Jazz, some spoken word harmony, the Blues and some soul and you have an eclectic CD where each song captures your attention, leaving you nodding your head, vibing to the beat, and just enjoying yourself. As a whole, the CD just relaxes you. It tells you a story. It gets your creative juices flowing and makes you open your eyes to the world.

Take Solace, which is my favorite song on this CD. Orbe has a beautiful flow when she discusses a scene near and dear to my heart, since I am from New York. Town name New York, New York / Man reaching in his pocket / Gets shot 41 times / Didn’t find a weapon on the body this time. We then get the harmonized chorus…Ain’t no solace for the family, which is repeated several times before Orbe hits us with some raw, heartfelt emotion, with a Hip Hop, hardcore spoken word vibe…I just wanna trust the ones that are here to protect me / I run because of who you shot down don’t want you to get me. And then we get the rap from MC Gatsby, of Cancer Rising. LAPD killed a friend of mine in 91 / And you can best believe that they didn’t find a gun / They beat him like a dog in the middle of the street / About four months before they did it to Rodney King / No videotape, no pity or breaks / Except two clubs that broke when they was hittin’ his legs.

I will say that police do get a bad rap for the crimes of some of their brethren. I deal with police on a daily basis, but these events happened. They brought about a pain in others and Forgotten Sol puts it out there in one song that just has so many different layers to it; and they all blend perfectly together to create a song you may never hear on the radio, but you will want to play over and over again all the same.

That’s what I like about this band. They never once compromise their beliefs and never once forgo one sound for another, instead bridging the gap between different sounds and ideas to just make great music.

And if you love spoken word, check out Labyrinth. There are so many other great songs, dealing with infatuation, racial identity and other topics anyone and everyone can relate to. I can go on for days talking about each song and how it resonated in my ear and never left, but I’d rather you take a listen for yourself. Rediscover what mainstream music wanted you to forget. Great music is out there. Find it.

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"Forgotten Sol - Contradiction"

( Owing a great deal to the path blazed by the saturation of culture with Maroon 5's "This Love," Contradiction succeeds in bringing to mind just about every spring break of the past half decade. Cristina Orbé's vocals carry the band from soulful grooves ("When We Walk";"Trap Doors") to confetti-like flurries of hip-hop and distortion that might have deserved a second thought ("Solace";"Labyrinth"). That said, Contradiction's infectiousness is not easily forgotten. Joseph Riippi
- Seattle Sound Magazine Oct-2006


Contradiction (2006)
Forgotten Sol EP (2003)



Forgotten Sol is one of the most original sounding funk/soul bands in Seattle. Performing as a 5 piece band since 2005 Forgotten Sol actually was founded in 2001 by lead singer Cristina Orbé and guitarist Dan Moore.

In 2003, they released a self titled EP and in 2006 they released “Contradiction” a full length album engineered and produced by renowned producer, Geoff Stanfield. Forgotten Sol has performed live on Seattle's KEXP, on the program “Sonarchy”. They have also performed several times on the program “Daily Planet” on KBCS in Seattle. The combination of their unique styles and raw delivery has attracted an ever growing fan base. They have performed at the Tractor Tavern, Crocodile Cafe, Chop Suey, Neumos, Seattle's Town Hall and most recently at the acclaimed Bumbershoot Music and Art Festival.

Backing up Forgotten Sol are some of the best players in the Northwest: Aaron Walker-Loud on drums, Justin Cayou on bass, and Ókânomodé (aka SoulChilde) on back-up vocals and harmonic inspiration.

This dynamic ensemble creates a live show experience that is breathtaking, electrifying and unforgettable.