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Acclaimed Australian singer - songwriter Robert Forster

announces his 8th solo album The Candle And The Flame

to be released on Friday 3rd February 2023.

Its an album for Forster that has taken a very different path in creating than his previous works. The first single is

titled Shes A Fighter. It reveals only part of what became a journey of creating music with family and friends

with a need to find joy and solace in the face of adversity.

Robert explains:

"Shes A Fighter is the last song I wrote for The Candle And The Flame album. I wrote the music for it in June 2021.

I liked the tune and the quick energy of the song, but I didnt know yet what it was going to be about.

In early July, Karin Bäumler, my wife and musical companion for thirty-two years, received a cancer diagnosis. In late

July, with a series of chemotherapy sessions about to begin, Karin talked of fighting for her health and a path through

chemotherapy to recovery. The phrase, Shes A Fighter came to me. I liked it. And I knew immediately that it would

work with my new melody. I needed just one other line for the lyric. Fighting for good. The song was finished.

I had written my first two-line song. I had just out-Ramoned The Ramones!

Because the song has so much meaning to us, we decided to record it as a family. The only time this happens on the

album. Karin sings and plays xylophone. Our daughter Loretta plays electric guitar. Our son Louis plays guitar, bass

and percussion. And I strum an acoustic guitar fiercely and sing.

And thats Shes a Fighter."

That coming together musically as a family is captured in the video for Shes A Fighter. "The video was shot in the

same studio (Alchemix Studios, Brisbane) as the album was recorded in. So there is continuity," Forster said. "And

the way the four of sit in a circle playing, is very much how we recorded Shes A Fighter and other tracks on the


The Candle And The Flame consists of 9 songs written by Robert. Produced by Robert, Karin Bäumler and Louis

Forster (The Goon Sax), the album was mixed by Victor Van Vugt (Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey) and

features former Go-Betweens and Warm Nights bass player Adele Pickvance as well as Scott Bromiley and Luke

McDonald (The John Steele Singers), who worked on Roberts Inferno and Songs To Play albums.

"The recording sessions for the album were done sporadically over six months. Sometimes just one or two days

a month. As that was all Karins strength and condition allowed her to do. So we had to record live, catching

magical moments and going for feel. And that became the sound of the album." says Robert.

Robert Forster is planning shows both in Australia and abroad in 2023 with dates to be announced soon. He is

currently writing a novel and preparing the release of Volume 3 of The Go-Betweens Boxset series, G Stands

For Go-Betweens.


1) Shes A Fighter

2) Tender Years

3) Its Only Poison

4) The Roads

5) I Dont Do Drugs I Do Time

6) Always

7) Theres A Reason To Live

8) Go Free

9) When I Was A Young Man

  • Rock/Pop

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