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Forest Swords - Compassion
Forest Swords
LP | 2017 | UK | Original (Ninja Tune)
19,99 €*
Release:2017 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Forest Swords, aka acclaimed Merseyside-based producer Matthew Barnes, returns with his eagerly anticipated new full-length record.

“Compassion" engages with an uncertain world we’re experiencing, distilling it into a unique sound territory: Barnes' exploration of the mid-point between ecstasy and frustration, artificial and human feels timely and affecting. The result is an assured, compelling body of work, tying together the ancient and future: weaving swathes of buzzing digital textures, field recordings, clattering beats and distorted jazz sax with fizzing orchestral arrangements.

"Like many, with all that's been going on since I started making the record, I've struggled to see any kind of light at the end of the tunnel," says Barnes, "so I realised there's some sort of power in trying to create our own instead. I'm inspired by the ways we're communicating now, for better or worse, and thinking about new channels we can distribute ideas. The idea of looking for flexible future ways of expression and language, that bends to our needs quicker, really excites me”. Barnes launched the record with a unique experiment in new ways to disseminate music, personally sending album tracks through messaging app WhatsApp to anyone who asked.

The album shifts from 'The Highest Flood's skeletal bounce to 'Panic's claustrophobic paranoia; the rapturous hyperballad 'Arms Out' to the windswept and cinematic ‘Knife Edge’, navigating through the orchestral glitch of 'War It' to decaying jazz thump of ‘Raw Language’. The album is equal parts disorienting and immersive, balancing bold sweeping gestures and crumbling textures; tracks seemingly disintegrating and reassembling at points across the album. Blending both digital and specially recorded brass, strings and vocals, Barnes's processing never truly makes it clear what's new or old, sampled or unique, constantly blurring and toying with the line between digital and acoustic.

There will also be a variety of multidisciplinary projects set to run through his Dense Truth umbrella over the coming year: collaborations across dance, performance, film and music. Previous Forest Swords projects include devising and scoring contemporary dance piece ‘Shrine’, composing for the ‘Assassin’s Creed’ video game, collaborating with Massive Attack on their new music, and scoring the first movie made entirely with drones – 'In The Robot Skies’ – which debuted at the BFI London Film Festival.

Central to this enthralling world is “Compassion", an album that's as weighty as it is vulnerable, sculpting the most striking parts of his previous work into something that feels urgent and necessary, and cementing Barnes as one of the UK's most significant electronic artists and composers.
Forest Swords - DJ-Kicks
Forest Swords
2LP | 2018 | EU | Original (!K7)
24,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance, Pop
!K7 are pleased to announce Forest Swords as the next curator of the ever
essential DJ-Kicks series. Following acclaimed albums on Ninja Tune and
Tri Angle, soundtrack and installation work, and remixes of the likes of
Bjork, Matthew Barnes aka Forest Swords has curated a 25-track compilation
that draws a line between past inspirations and his current peers.
"During all of the nights that shaped me as a music fan there wasn't really
a focus on DJing etiquette; sticking to genres, perfect transitions – it was
all pretty DIY and purely like having someone cook up their personal
mixtape in front of you, to surprise you and to explore different sounds"
says Barnes. "That kind of rough-around-the-edges approach is so much
more exciting to me than something sterile and seamless and I wanted to
carry that spirit into this compilation."
Chosen over the course of a few weeks in winter 2018, the mixed version
was cut on Barnes' laptop during a wintery cross-country train journey.
Like much of his own output, his DJ-Kicks skirts around pristine electronics
and embraces more organic textures: 80s post punk (Anna Domino,
Dead Can Dance), classic 90s British electronica (Orbital, Mira Calix), and
smokey digi-dub (Rhythm & Sound), all rub up alongside some of the
most forward-facing producers working today (Demdike Stare, Laurel
Halo, Fis).
The compilation sifts through rhythms, shifting speeds and emotions: from
pop icon Neneh Cherry's primal thudding to the zombified throb of
exclusive Forest Swords track 'Crow' via Deena Abdelwaheed's clattering
deconstructions to the euphoric two-step of Djrum. It's a collection of
tracks that feels as restlessly curious and weighty as Barnes' own work.
Forest Swords - Engravings
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