Go-Betweens' Robert Forster Set For New Solo Album

Go-Betweens' Robert Forster Set For New Solo Album
When 48-year-old Grant McLennan died suddenly of a heart attack in 2006, fans were unsure if his Go-Betweens’ co-founder Robert Forster would ever re-enter the studio. Yet only a year later, we find Forster embarking on his first solo album in 11 years. On April 29, the Australian songwriter will be releasing The Evangelist, which follows his former band’s swan song, Oceans Apart, and proves he’s still more than willing to carry on the Go-Betweens torch.

"In May 2006, Grant McLennan, my song-writing partner died, bringing to an end the Go-Betweens,” Forster says. "I wasn't sure if I was ever going to make another record, but this summer, it just materialized. It's a direct record. I've written seven of the songs, and three are co-written with Grant. Adele [Pickvance] and Glenn [Thompson] from the Go-Betweens are with me. It's not Oceans Apart 2 — it's something else, but with trails going into the past and I'm proud of it."

The The Evangelist songs "Demon Days," "Let Your Light In, Babe" and "It Ain't Easy" all give songwriting credits to McLennan, and tying the bond to the Go-Betweens even tighter, Audrey Riley, who provided the string arrangements for the band’s finest moment, Liberty Belle & The Black Diamond Express, also contributes to the album.

Here’s the tracklisting to Robert Forster’s The Evangelist, due out April 29 via Yep Roc:

1 If It Rains
2 Demon Days
3 Pandanus
4 Did She Overtake You
5 The Evangelist
6 Let Your Light In, Babe
7 A Place to Hide Away
8 Don't Touch Anything
9 It Ain't Easy
10 From Ghost Town