Robert Forster is one of Australia’s most literate songwriters, with a solo repertoire drawn from a deep well of ideas and imagery, delivered in a conversational tone and impossible beautiful melodies. His enviable discography of seven superb solo albums is backlit by the incandescent body of work he assembled with The Go-Betweens co-founder Grant McLennan, surpassing all their contemporaries in quality and consistency. Many commentators have pronounced The Go-Betweens the greatest ever Australian group; Nick Cave dubbed Forster “the truest and strangest poet of his generation”; and Uncut ran a 9/10 review for his most recent album with the deadpan headline, “Greatest living Australian returns with splendid seventh solo record”. Forster’s latest solo LP Inferno won rave reviews from MOJO, Record Collector, The Guardian, Uncut and The Irish Times. Its titular track, “Inferno (Brisbane In Summer)”, is Forster’s anthem to Brisbane, where he grew up and immortalised in 1988’s “Streets of Your Town”, written by McLennan.
Forster has written a superb memoir, Grant & I, and is currently writing a new novel. For his Singular Voices performance, Forster has curated a tailor-made setlist from every page of his weighty songbook, promising Go-Betweens favourites, recent solo album gems and songs from his acclaimed reissued nineties solo albums – Danger In The Past and Calling From A Country Phone.
Support act to be announced.
“A vibey, life-affirming record that’s up there with his best” – RECORD COLLECTOR
“Deliciously wry, effortlessly melodious, reflections on ageing, climate change and the debatable consolations of cult status; ‘I don’t need no fame!’” – UNCUT
“Forster has always operated as a proud romantic from a country that doesn’t always appreciate that kind of artistic inclination… Inferno is a wonderful addition to a body of work encouraging Brisbane to see itself a little more romantically” – THE AUSTRALIAN
“Robert Forster is, as ever, an observer; a storyteller once-removed, yet also someone with the heart to see in — beyond the headline or the punchline” – SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
Singular Voices: Robert Forster (solo)
When: Sat 10 July
Venue: City Recital Hall
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