Forest Swords

Video: Forest Swords – Raw Language

Forest Swords, aka Merseyside producer Matthew Barnes, has shared a video for Raw Language, a standout track from his sophomore album Compassion, out now via Ninja Tune. The track features Barnes experimenting with balancing the organic sounds of string stabs and choral samples with powerful sequenced drums, dissolving into distorted tenor sax part way through,… Read more »

Forest Swords – Panic

Forest Swords, aka acclaimed Merseyside-based producer Matthew Barnes, returns with Panic, the third track to be lifted from his forthcoming album Compassion, out May 5 via Ninja Tune. The track journeys between a rumbling cello loop, chiming bells and clattering beat, pulling in a reworked northern soul sample for the track’s ecstatic hook. It is… Read more »

Forest Swords – Arms Out

Forest Swords, aka acclaimed Merseyside-based producer Matthew Barnes, has announced his eagerly-anticipated new album Compassion will be released on May 5 via Ninja Tune. The forthcoming record features the previously shared single, The Highest Flood, and is the long awaited first studio album since 2013’s critically lauded debut album Engravings, and his 2015 dance score… Read more »

Forest Swords – The Highest Flood

Forest Swords, aka acclaimed Merseyside-based producer Matthew Barnes, returns with his eagerly anticipated new single The Highest Flood, out today via Ninja Tune. One of Barnes’ most urgent tracks to date, layering a thumping, staggered, skeletal beat with deconstructed piano fragments and a hook that sculpts choral samples into a rapturous battle cry. Veering between… Read more »

Forest Swords – The Weight Of Gold

Forest Swords, the alias of elusive Liverpool-based experimental artist Matthew Barnes, dropped another new track from his forthcoming full-length debut, Engravings. The Weight Of Gold is another dark and menacing release, containing an intriguing blend of dark atmospherics with nicely textured ambient soundscapes. The murky, ghost-like vocals that lurk throughout create an eerie listen too. Check… Read more »

Forest Swords – Thor’s Stone

It’s been almost three years since the enigmatic Forest Swords last released new material, but producer Matthew Barnes made his return this week with a dark and eerie number entitled Thor’s Stone. Thor’s Stone boasts some ancient, almost far eastern style soundscapes as well as a synth-line that seems to be some sort of a variation… Read more »