Former Go-Betweens co-head Robert Forster put out one solo album following his bandmate Grant McLennan’s death in 2006, but has been pretty quiet since its release in 2008. Now, he’s returned with another new one — called Songs To Play — and he’s shared a new song, “Learn To Burn,” via NPR. It’s good to see he hasn’t lost anything in the time off, as it still shows off his trademark wit, though the singer now has some contemporary competition now in the form of fellow Aussie Courtney Barnett, as his wordy musings largely occupy in a similar vein. But it’s no doubt that Barnett would cite Forster as an influence, not the other way around. Listen below.
Songs To Play is out 9/18 via Tapete Records.