Originally published on meltingpotonline.com
The first thing that strikes you about 24 year-old Elise Cabrét, is the songwriting and musical delivery that transcends her years. A mixture of darkness with a picturesque and heart-felt touch to her outstanding vocal stylings are evident right from the first uttered word, in the first song of her upcoming EP, The Wrong Side of Blue.
The record begins with an emotional rendition named The Calling, which outlines a ‘journey’ type of story-telling within Cabrét’s songs. A well-rounded and carefully held intonation to each almost spoken – yet sung word, plays particular attention immediately to the enveloping nature of the listening experience that Cabrét is so clearly drawing upon. The strongly slow, conversational presence of her sung Australian accent is a key sticking point throughout the record.
We’re positioned almost in a past world through the sunken imagery this EP possesses. To a place of falling brown leaves, the emergence of fog and a quiet, empty street with lone figures lurking; the green tinge of old-fashioned lamp posts around a well-worn walking path, devoid of anyone but Cabrét, who is inviting you to ensure that she does not need to complete this journey alone.
Track 2, Winter, further emanates Cabrét’s stunning vocal and it’s uniquely full and gut-wrenching delivery that easily had the hairs on my neck standing to attention. It’s more than this, though, as the simple structure and deliberately raw nature of the melodic backings really exaggerate the talented voice that exists within Cabrét.
She shows further variety as she turns to a completely solo experience in the EP’s title track, creating a deeper moment with simply just her voice and an expertly-held guitar picking pattern. She begins to show a side of herself so intimately brilliant and personally fragile, a commendation to any songwriter to so evidently convey. The ability to procure an unimaginably touching and such a close private experience into song is that which cannot be ignored; her delivery again possesses the listener to feel with Cabrét as, with each note and each word, the story grows with monumental steps.
We touch on a truer folk musical style in Track 4, That Old Violin, which explores the release of a man from the Old Pentridge Prison. We are introduced to the delicate inclusion of a reverb-heavy guitar providing the perfect underscore through Cabrét’s folky rhythm and somewhat haunting voice, which grows in range throughout much of this track, as we are introduced for the first time to her effortless highs.
Furthering the private touch of her song subject, she explores her personal experience with a popular online dating app through Meeting With a Stranger, which propagates a common theme of broken trust, FOMO and a ongoing state of emotional confusion, which wraps itself around the tantalising narrative and solidifies itself in the song’s ending.
We’re then brought to Better Somehow, a song which returns us to the graceful music & conversational singing double-act from the beginning of the album – a light and energy which flutters around inside the listener’s chest – due to Cabrét’s innate ability to position the charge of emotion behind each song directly into you with relative ease.
To some, this EP may pose a challenge due to its confrontational song subjects coupled with the ‘releasing’ tone of Cabrét’s conveyance which transposes the thoughts and feelings so effortlessly across the listening sphere. The slow, heartfelt and haunting characteristics, however, draw a clear purpose for the above. The Wrong Side of Blue is not intended a feel-good rendition, but moreso the evidential cascade of feeling, connection and trust which is born about by only the most especially talented of songwriters.
Let this debut offering from Elise Cabrét completely mystify you and drag you away from the real; illuminating a dark place that not only exists within the realm of this songwriter, but essentially in us all – a place that perhaps you had no notion of before hearing this record. Something very special, that deserves to be listened to, with attention, and with every sense of the body.
The Wrong Side of Blue is available for pre-order via Elise’s bandcamp page.
You can catch her launching the EP live at:
Friday 11 December – LYREBIRD LOUNGE – 61 Glen Eira Rd, Ripponlea (Free Entry)
Wednesday 16 December – SOME VELVET MORNING – 123 Queens Pde, Clifton Hill (Free Entry)
The 'Proven Wrong' solo/acoustic EP has gone LIVE at http://joshforner.bandcamp.com - here you can stream the album for free or make a purchase download for just $6. Alternatively, individual songs are available for $2.99, just in case there's some of them that you don't particularly like!
Bandcamp also has the exclusive option for you to pay more than $6 for the EP as a whole, if you deem it worthy enough.
All email subscribers have received a free download code for the album.
I'm very pleased to be sharing these new songs with you as I head back into the studio to record the second full-length album. I don't have a timeline for this one as yet, but never fear, the best place to stay updated is right here at www.joshforner.com or by signing the mailing list!
You can help celebrate the release by attending The Thornbury Local tonight at 9:30 PM. I'm playing in support of Mel Wilkinson who will be on at 10:30. Free entry.
My solo/acoustic, raw, stripped back, digital EP, 'Proven Wrong' will be released on Thursday, February 27th at Melbourne's own Highlander Bar with an intimate acoustic launch event.
The EP will be available for free to all existing mailing list subscribers, and to anyone who signs the mailing list on the night.
The night will also culminate in the availability of all my music on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and other such online services.
Exciting news for the Josh Forner brand of music, as I head into 2014 ready to record a brand new studio album!
I hope to see you all there.
A quick note to let all of you rabid fans know that I'll be returning to the studio this Monday, the 26th of August, to complete the recordings for my upcoming 5-track solo/acoustic EP.
It's all happening thanks to the wonderful people at Box Hill Institute and being recorded by Sam Booth. Can't wait to share some of these new songs with you all. Very exciting times.
If you are keen to hear some of them in a live setting, why not get yourself along to one of my upcoming shows? Also, sign up to the mailing list, because soon, I think I'm going to try and distance myself from annoying Facebook invites!
1. Proven Wrong - missed the cut on the first album due to being a tight arrangement. Wasn't quite ready when recording began. Big chance to appear on the next full-length. Stripped to an acoustic track, takes it in an interesting direction.
2. Fortune Carries On - new track about the ideals forced upon us. Does wealth define you, or does the real fortune come from the heart?
3. Roller Coaster - new track where I return to falsetto. Mercy! It's a combination song, written after a few hard luck stories, I guess.
4. Residue - older track, played a few times at my previous shows at Songwriters in the Round. A slow, storytelling song built entirely from what I feel in my darkest moments and what reflections I make.
5. 55 Ways - brand new track. Very upbeat (rare for me) in a classic folk progression. All about discovering positivity and looking at things a different way; as there are many ways (more than 55 ways...)
I'll keep you posted on the progress. Currently being mixed by Sam Booth who I'm sure will do a great job. Will only be available online so keep your eyes peeled.
The online exclusive lyric booklet for 'Leading to Nowhere' is now available. You can download the lyric booklet today by clicking here.
Leading to Nowhere officially received its first bit of radio-airplay on Wednesday morning when Southern FM's 'Yeah Good Thanks' featured 'Pulled and Pushed' as the opening song to the show.
Obviously, I'm pretty darn excited, and my CD has also been submitted to RRR, PBS, SYN FM, Iner FM and Plenty Valley FM - so hopefully it's going to be the start of even more fanfare. Fingers crossed.
Let me know if you hear my songs anywhere. They'll be up streaming next week, and available for download after the launch. Remember, I'm only making 150 copies of the CD, so to secure yours, you're going to have to get to The Worker's Club nice and early next Sunday!
It is finally time that I announce that my Debut Album Launch is good to go, and we are FULL STEAM AHEAD to The Workers Club on Sunday, May 26th.
I'll be playing with some very special guests in the Josh Forner Band for ONE NIGHT ONLY - so it will certainly be a sight to behold. Joe Forrester, my good friend and colleague in musical doucheness has been kind enough to join me to open up the night. It will be his last show for a while so that makes the night even more extra special! Joining Joe on the support slot will be (hopefully) another one of my most favourite songwriters in Melbourne, along with his band in a rare appearance, but that is still TO BE ANNOUNCED.
Keep your eyes on joshforner.com as I announce the remainder of the lineup, and if you wish, be sure to join the Facebook Event.
I can't wait; I hope you can't, either.
Remember to pick up your CD at the door for the extra $5 - this is a steal as I'll be selling it for $10 after the launch, and there's only 150 copies in existence. All individually hand-numbered for your preservation.