Saturday, 5 September 2015

The Music - Robert Forster's "Songs to Play" (2015)

Robert Forster

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Robert Forster - founder of the legendary Go-Betweens - releases his long awaited new solo album, Songs to Play, on September 18, 2015 via Tapete Records. 

It's Robert's first album since 2008's The Evangelist - a mighty piece of work which came during a very difficult personal time for Robert, after the then recent death of his long-time Go-Betweens partner and friend Grant McLennan. 

Robert spoke of the album's genesisis, saying ....
"I had originally envisaged the gap between my last album and my new one as five years. I wanted time to pass, for there to be a cut-off. I knew what happened next would be the start of something new. Five years became seven."
As well as touring and becoming renowned for his work in the arena of music criticsim, one thing that added to the delay was Forster's involvement in the Go-Betweens box sets, the first of which was released in January. He also produced a number of albums including the fine The John Steel Singers' album, Everything's A Thread, which is full of terrific off-kilter pop.

The great news is that it's possibly the most Go-Betweens-sounding solo album he's ever made. His trademark witty, warm and moving style remains sharp. 

The album was made with a band featuring Scott Bromley and Luke McDonald from Brisbane band The John Steel Singers, drummer Matt Piele, and of course violinist/singer and longtime collaborator Karin Baumler. 

An acclaimed musiciain in her own right, Karin, as well as providing gorgeous vocals and violin flourishes throughout the album also of course, happens to be Bob's missus!

You can learn a little more about the album and hear snippets of a few of its songs, via a playful documentary/trailer, below.  

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