Dale Caldwell vocals (Martenitsa ensemble and founding member of singing and drumming band Voices from the Vacant Lot)
Ben Fink guitar/vocals (The Whitlams, Lior, Christa Hughes and Voices from the Vacant Lot)Chris Abrahams piano (the Necks, the Benders, Melanie Oxley and many others) Danny Heifetz drums (Mr Bungle, Link Wray, Secret Chiefs, Old Man River) Sam Golding horns (Mara Big Band, Sousaphonics, Tango Saloon) Peter Hollo cello (Tangents, FourPlay and raven)
“Hearts and Desire is a creative beacon amongst the mire. I listen to it every day. Beautifully crafted in every way. Every note has purpose and verve."- Konrad Ball
“Has an openness and innocence that took me back to folk records of the 60s, and the early encounters between folk and rock. Lovely stuff!”- Lloyd Swanton"
Every once in a while you get invited to a very special evening and Sunday night at the Red Rattler was one! Close to Forever were so good each song was followed by almost total silence. No one wanted to break the sonic spell by clapping first" – Geoffrey Datson
"Creating dramatic soundscapes grand and intimate, Close to Forever play their beautiful original works plus a select mix of handcrafted interpretations of works from writers as diverse as Tim Buckley, PJ Harvey, Nina Simone and traditional Armenian laments. From their humble beginnings doing duo performances at Absolute Soirée on Bondi Rd, to sell out concerts with the full band at Venue 505 and Camelot Lounge, Close to Forever have always had the ability to transport everyone in the room to an elevated hypnotic state of bliss."