It may be a little more than two years between writing her first proper song and the release of her debut album but Tori Forsyth would tell you it’s not exactly right to say her dreams are coming true. Sure the success of her early singles including hitting #1 with more than 2 million streams on the Spotify most viral chart with New Walls and her continuing work with award-winning producer Shane Nicholson is exciting. And she loves the sound and feel of this album which can spin from traditional almost homespun sounds in Grave Robber’s Daughter to rock-splashed guitars in White Noise and beautifully arranged strings in Hell’s Lullaby.Poetry and songwriting was stuff other people did not this farm kid. Even with the encouragement of a grade 5 English teacher who “was the only teacher in the school who made poetry a thing and it was really cool” she didn’t rate her writing declaring “I always just fluked English”. Not surprisingly Tori is honest about where she sits musically. While happily seeing herself as a country artist – there’s no denying it in the pretty chiming loneliness of Heart’s On The Ground – Tori isn’t restricted by it. See for example how the deliberately “dirty” vocal sound and frank examination of religion in Redemption draws on a modern rock band like Pretty Reckless as much as old time music. There’s plenty more where that came from says Tori. “I love the ethos of country music but I do think I can float into to other parts of music which is why alt.country is a good title for what I do.”
And she’s only just begun.