Today, Tori Forsyth releases her new video and single ‘Down Below’, a gut-wrenching grunge stomp that tackles erosive feelings of paranoia and anxiety. To celebrate the release of Down Below, Tori will be performing live for her fans on Instagram at 7pm tonight.
“It’s about conflict that people drum up in their own head” the Hunter Valley local says. Based on Tori’s own countless experiences, ‘Down Below’ is a raw, visceral alt-rock song that captures how we can misread personal interactions and let our anxious internal monologue wreck our rational thinking.
Written earlier this year while Tori was recovering from surgery, the song spilled out in a moment of inspiration on a grand piano, then later recorded with surging 90’s guitars mixed in with a perfect blend of pop hooks and punk force. A Shirley Manson for the modern era.
The song is searing but also comforting, with an underlying message of how anxiety and inadequacy are experiences we all face collectively. “The ethos of the song is that everyone is on a level-playing field” says Tori.
The song arrives accompanied with an eerie, kinetic video Tori describes as “Shutter Islandmeets Girl, Interrupted”. Tori once again worked with Bradley Murnane who directed her pervious video ‘Be Here’.
Tori describes her new video as ‘Shutter Island meets Girl, Interrupted’
Bradley says, “Tori came to me with an idea and we collaborated in actualising these inspirations. Tori’s presence is naturally engaging and there is a special magic weaved into her song writing. The visuals are a collection of performance-based pieces that Billy and I collaborated on to showcase Tori’s allure as a performer. These visuals are just an extension of Tori’s willingness to be herself.”
Down Below follows on from last year’s reinvention, ‘Be Here’. The song is an inflicting portrayal of dealing with a partner’s addiction issues that channels 90’s firebrands such as PJ Harvey, The Cranberries and Sound Garden. It was a left-turn for Tori, who began her career writing affecting country-folk ballads. Tori’s music has now been streamed over 5.2 million times globally. She began playing guitar at the age of sixteen when her dad bought her a guitar so they could play together.
Despite Tori’s evolving sound over the years, her blistering confessional songwriting and delicate pop melodies have remained constant and will no doubt feature as she buckles down to work on new music. If “Down Below” is anything to go by, we can expect nothing less than infectious, emotive rock from this rising Australian force.
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