Forest Swords


Ninja Tune

Released: 5th May 2017

180g heavyweight black vinyl LP with spined sleeve, printed card inner sleeve and 12” x 12” insert.
Forest Swords, AKA acclaimed Merseyside-based producer Matthew Barnes, returns with his eagerly anticipated new album, ‘Compassion’, the follow-up to 2013’s critically lauded debut ‘Engravings’. ‘Compassion’ is a response to the uncertain, aggressive new world we’re experiencing and communicating within, distilling it into a unique sound territory: Barnes’ exploration of the mid-point between ecstasy and melancholy, artificial and human feels timely and affecting; a celebration of primal connections, life itself and an anxious glance at the direction we’re heading. The result is an assured, compelling, vital 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.