Carlos Forster and M. Ward are old college friends. Like many friends who go their separate ways after graduation, they often look for ways to fit in old acquaintances into their busy lives. For the past several years, the two have kept up by spending weekends together in the Pacific Northwest—partaking in everything from hiking in The Columbia Gorge to swimming in the Sandy River to recording some of Forster’s solo works.
Eight years after beginning what would become his solo debut Family Trees, Forster’s impressive folk collection quietly strikes in similar fashion to the laid back environment it was created in. In addition to Ward’s assistance, the former for Stars frontman also recruited the help of Rachel Blumberg (M. Ward, Bright Eyes, The Decemberists, Mirah, Jolie Holland), Johnathan Richman and Tim Mooney (American Music Club). Listen to Carlos Forster’s new record Family Trees a week before it comes out in stores in the player below.