Though Forrest’s voice and demeanor is sweet, she’s not afraid to throw the odd dagger once in a while.
“‘Celestial End’ was me writing out of frustration over how women are portrayed in the music industry, how you have to be perfectly put together to get noticed,” she says.
“Even in the indie music scene they have this make and model look to them. I like to dress up but I’m not image-focused. I think it’s unhealthy, and this was my weird poetic take on it.”
Breaking up a winning combination like Beannacht is never easy, but Forrest reasons that the subject matter didn’t fit the duo’s formula.
“The things I started to write for our second album and beyond had a completely different sound from what we were doing,” she says.
“The music was more personal, more soulful. I also wanted to sing with other people and contribute to their albums as well as having them contribute to mine. It was a tough decision leaving Beannacht but the right one in the long run.”
She is bullish on the work her uncle Tom Johnston has produced. He released the excellent Highway Signs and Highway Lines last year and is currently working on his next album.
“I really like what he is doing lyrically,” she gushes. “I think he found his niche as a songwriter. We had something really great at the time and the first album was great and all. He began writing songs for him to sing rather than writing songs for me to sing. It is a whole different world for both of us and it really works.”
Since the songs on Weathered Woes are so personal, it begs the question -- how many of these songs are about her relationship with Brett, and how many songs is he writing about her for his upcoming albums?
“Michael creates these great characters for songs and puts them in hypothetical situations, whereas I write right out of my journal,” she says.
“‘Morgan Avenue’ is a comparison of two loves and he’s obviously the good one.”
Weathered Woes is the start of a new beginning for Forrest as a solo artist, and might mark an era of a new “boss” in stilettos ruling the Asbury Park music scene.
Weathered Woes is available on CD Baby and iTunes.