Tori Forsyth released the album Dawn of the Dark in 2018 and would go on to be nominated for three Golden Guitar awards for her powerful brand of country music. Her second album, Provlépseis, was a rock album but still just as powerful. Now Sunshine Coast-based Forsyth has returned to country music – and how.
‘Sometimes’ is her new single, the first of several planned new releases. It is, says Forsyth, a break-up song, ‘the only one on the record, the only one I have ever written, the only one I intend to write. Plain and simple, sometimes out of nowhere, your heart gets broken. But you pick up the pieces and move on and sometimes, most of the time, something beautiful is on the other side.’
The song opens delicately, with backing vocals provided by country music luminary Shane Nicholson. It builds to a hypnotic rhythm that provides a platform for Forsyth’s vocals that feels alternately steady and unsure, reinforcing the heartbreak depicted in the lyrics.
‘Sometimes’ was produced with Scott Horscroft (Charlie Collins, Brooke & Adam Eckersley) and recorded at The Grove Studios with Forsyth’s band: Reece Baines (drums), Matthew Newton (guitars) and Zachary Miller (bass), who were joined by Thom Mak (guitar) and Andy Mak (keys). It is one of several songs performed by Forsyth with her band at a recent Sydney showcase in which Forsyth was completely commanding, an artist who seemed to be in the right place and the right time with her music and what she wants to do with it.