Australian indie folk music has a new queen. Her name is Domini Forster and her debut record is entitled Raven. Opening with ‘Under Water’, edgy xylophone melodies combined with softly picked guitar and the honey dripped vocals of Forster play out in a great opening track. The first time that I had heard the name Domini Forster was when she was singing backing vocals for Lior as apart of his 10th anniversary shows a few years ago, but to put it simply, she knows how to craft a folk pop gem.
Gentle and melodic, it’s easy to get lost in the sweeping sounds of ‘Black Dog’. Recorded in Pt Lonsdale at A Pocket Full Of Stones by Nick Huggins, this album showcases the delicate and heart-warming lyricism of Forster, which can be heard most prominently in ‘In The Dark’. If your looking to make a comparison, think a cross between Laura Marling, Sufjan Stevens with a hint of Joni Mitchell thrown in for good measure.
My favourite tracks on this album would have to be ‘In The Dark’, ‘Turn The Light On’ or the album closer ‘For Tomorrow’, this is an album that is sure to bring a smile to your face whenever you listen to it. A crafty debut full of sweeping string arrangements, delicate folk songs and one that will definitely be on repeat for a while.
Reviewed by Tex Miller