New album is as hot as they come

Inferno: Australian singer-songwriter Robert Forster has released a new solo album. The former member of The Go-Betweens will be at the Brass Monkey on July 14.

Inferno: Australian singer-songwriter Robert Forster has released a new solo album. The former member of The Go-Betweens will be at the Brass Monkey on July 14.

Inferno is acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter Robert Forster's first solo album in four years - his second album over the last 11 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.

Robert Forster

Robert Forster

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. In it Forster delivers the best vocal performances of his career.

Robert Forster (far right) with the GoBetweens (from left) Amanda Brown, Grant McLennan, Lindy Morrison and Robert Vickers. Picture: Peter Anderson

Robert Forster (far right) with the GoBetweens (from left) Amanda Brown, Grant McLennan, Lindy Morrison and Robert Vickers. Picture: Peter Anderson

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.

Robert Forster will be performing at the Brass Monkey Cronulla on Sunday, July 14.