‘The jungle is coming up to the door,
The birds that are calling are hard to ignore’
‘Inferno’ is acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter Robert Forster’s first solo
album in four years – his second album over the last eleven years. Forster only
makes records when he feels he has the songs – 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 ‘Remain’s 1977 New
York strut, 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 ‘Trailer Park’, P
J Harvey ‘Stories From 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, are Brisbane based multi-instrumentalists Scott Bromley
and Karin Bãumler from ‘Songs To Play’ (2015), while new recruits are
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
Over the last four years Forster has been busy. He curated the acclaimed,
Domino Records released, ‘Anthology Volume 1 1978-1984’ on his old band
The Go-Betweens. His memoir ‘Grant & I’ was Mojo and Uncut’s Book Of The
Year. He continues to publish music journalism, play concerts, and he never
stops writing beautiful songs.