It’s funny how things work out sometimes for artists, particularly when they attempt to stop creating. For San Francisco’s Carlos Forster, that moment came a few years ago. The former For Stars frontman decided to quit writing music and focused on obtaining a degree in psychoanalysis. And even though his intensive courses kept him busy, he couldn’t shake his art.
The bug gave him another bite during a trip to the Northwest to visit a friend. That friend happened to be the recently prolific M. Ward, whose output must have inspired Forster to start playing again. They would quickly begin working on what would end up being Forster’s recently released full-length album, Family Trees, which features production and back-up vocals from Ward.
You can hear Ward’s influence on standout “Slouching Toward Reality,” a track that packs a hell of an emotional punch in barely more than two minutes worth of music. From Forster’s touching, gentle vocals to the affecting instrumentation to the heavy subject matter of confused love, it’s a lot to take in at once. But Forster wraps it up in a brief, moving piece that’s become that much more poignant with these black-and-white visuals.
You can watch the video below.