Acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter Robert Forster has today released his first solo album since 2015 – his second album over the last eleven years. He only makes records when he feels he has the songs, and on Inferno, he has nine he totally believes in.
They range from the exhilarating top-ten pop of ‘Inferno (Brisbane In Summer)’, the beach shack groove of ‘Life Has Turned A Page’, via the 1977 New York strut of ‘Remain’, to finish in a way that this concise, brilliant, drama- and wit-filled album only can – on the big build epic ‘One Bird In The Sky’.
Inferno was made in Berlin in 2018, during the hottest German summer in decades. Noted producer/engineer Victor Van Vugt (Beth Orton ‘Trailor Park’, P J Harvey ‘Stories of the City, Stories from the Sea’), recorded the album; the first time he and Forster had worked together since Van Vugt engineered Forster’s debut solo album classic Danger In The Past in Berlin in 1990.
Inferno in its making is a perfect mix of the familiar and the new. Also working with Forster again, Brisbane based multi-instrumentalists Scott Bromiley and Karin Bãumler from Songs To Play (2015). With new recruits drummer Earl Havin (Tindersticks, Mary J. Blige) and keyboardist Michael Muhlhaus (Blumfeld, Kante). Four musicians from the corners of the world, who, with Van Vugt’s bold and beautiful production, sound like a band of the ages. In front of them, Forster delivers the best vocal performances of his career.
“Greatest living Australian returns with splendid seventh solo album” – Uncut
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INFERNO AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Friday 5th July – Thornbury Theatre
Saturday 6th July – Meeniyan Town Hall, Victoria
Sunday 7th July – Caravan Music Club
Thursday 11th July – The Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba
Friday 12th July – The Factory Theatre, Sydney
Saturday 13th July – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli
Friday 19th July – Club Mullum, Mullumbimby
Saturday 20th July – Old Museum, Brisbane
Saturday 27th July – The Gershwin Room, Hotel Esplanade