Singer/songwriter Anthony Bautovich (The Orange Humble Band, The Lonelyhearts) has recently been recording new songs for his second album with alt.country/power pop outfit The Forresters. Produced by ARIA award winning engineer and producer Wayne Connolly (You Am I and Boy & Bear) and recorded at Albert Studio in Sydney, these 14 tracks feature performances by a stellar line-up of Australian musicians including Nick Kennedy (Knievel) on drums, Steve Balbi (Noiseworks) bass, Matt Galvin (Perry Keyes, The Orange Humble Band) guitars, Cameron Bruce (Paul Kelly) piano and organ, Jess Ciampa (Bernie Hayes, Dog Trumpet) percussion, Charlie Owen (Dark Horses, Beasts of Bourbon) dobro & guitar, Jason Walker (Loene Carmen, William Crighton) on pedal steel, Peter Kelly (The Gadflys, The Orange Humble Band) on trumpet, Ross Middleton (Percy Sledge) on saxophone, Amanda Brown (The Go-Betweens) on violin and mandolin and Nashville based singer Emma Swift on vocals. An EP release is scheduled for April/May. The Forresters first album 'Skindeep', has received it's fair share of attention, here's what some reviewers are saying about the record...
...It's a luscious mixture of pop, rock, r'n'b, and country, tantalising and exploratory. It never rests on it's laurels: the songs develop and change as they progress, new elements continually introduced, new echoes from rock's rich tapestry setting off gentle footfalls down the passageways of memory. Bautovich's voice is strong, expressive and rides the genres effortlessly..." Bucketfull of Brains
'.....'Skindeep' is a collection of lovingly crafted songs, with both a youthful vibrancy to the pop, and a maturity that comes from having collaborated with some of the masters of the genre, and together with the delicate excursions into the alt. country scene, this is a good example of a perfectly weaved tapestry of sympathetic roots driven pop that only an eclectic ensemble of musicians such as this could have made....."
'....sweet harmonies, interesting guitar layers and great hooks abound on this wonderful CD...... a truly great debut release ....." Bonemachine
'...a real grower that has become a permanent fixture in the frequently malfunctioning CD player of my '93 Saturn. More Matthew Sweet than Teenage Fanclub, the group's softer side is just as compelling as their rockers. Power pop fans have no excuse for ignoring them!" - Firesideometer (USA)
'....it all gels together so sweetly, and the songs feel and sound so genuinely heartfelt that it's hard to fault the record. With such a range of sounds – from power pop, to acoustic odes, to country rockers, and all points in between – the Forresters have delivered a debut album with a great deal of depth to it....."
'....these are emotionally honest songs, powered along by sublime musical perfomances and intricate harmonies.....'Skindeep' is a fabulous album, dripping in classic influences, but always looking forward in an attempt to search out new territories.....you need to own this!...." Album of the Week - Zeitgeist (UK)
"...it's a cool-sounding album, and will surely find a home with the alt.country audience that is so enamoured of Vigilantes of Love and Golden Smog. SKINDEEP is a well balanced mix of uptempo rock workouts and gentle story ballads that should please both followers of Bautovich and those who just like sound music. Nice one."
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