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  • Forest Swords. Compassion. Vinyl+Art Book.
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Forest Swords. Compassion. Vinyl+Art Book.

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Forest Swords, aka acclaimed Merseyside-based producer Matthew Barnes, returns with his eagerly anticipated new full-length record.

“Compassion", the follow-up to 2013's critically lauded debut “Engravings”, will be released on 5th May 2017 via Ninja Tune. The album will be followed by a set of multidisciplinary projects expanding the themes and concepts across wider disciplines, overseen by Forest Swords’ own Dense Truth, an experimental art studio and record label.

“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. 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.

The 'mixed media' approach extends to the record's packaging and design, all directed by Barnes himself. The visuals intersect many of the album’s themes: bodies, connection, language and movement – with the deluxe booklet featuring portraits of first-wave immigrants who travelled from Barnes' home port of Liverpool to New York.

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. 

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Forest Swords - Arms Out (Official Video) (05:49)
’Arms Out’ out now. Stream/DL – http://forestswords.lnk.to/armsout Taken from 'Compassion' album, released 5th May 2017 via Ninja Tune. Pre-order 12"/deluxe gatefold/CD/DL – http://forestswords.lnk.to/compassion US + EU tour dates on sale now – http://forestswords.lnk.to/sk Listen to the LP first on release day by pre-saving album to your Spotify account - http://www.forestswords.lnk.to/save Listen to Forest Swords' Discography playlist on Spotify – http://www.forestswords.lnk.to/discog Directors: Sam Wiehl and Matthew Barnes/Forest Swords DOP: Marco Fanton Actor: Eryl Lloyd Parry Dancer: Harper Danns Stylists: Elysha Ram & Jane Clappison @ Gemma Kirk Agency Producer: Michael Lill Editor: Sam Wiehl Shot at The Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool Commissioner: Theresa Adebiyi for Ninja Tune A Dense Truth Production Facebook: http://www.found.ee/forest-fb Twitter: http://www.found.ee/forest-tw Instagram: http://www.found.ee/forest-ig Spotify: http://www.found.ee/forest-sp Apple Music: http://www.found.ee/forest-am http://www.forestswords.co.uk/ US + EU HEADLINE TOUR 2017 21/09/17: Atlas - Aarhus, Denmark (Tickets: http://bit.ly/2o2JVN8) 22/09/17: Jazzhouse - Copenhagen, Denmark (Tickets: http://bit.ly/2naT4Vm) 23/09/17: Sodra Teatern - Stockholm, Sweden (Tickets: http://bit.ly/2oBXtB3) 26/09/17: Berghain - Berlin, Germany (Tickets: http://bit.ly/2oIpofr) 27/09/17: UT Connewitz - Leipzig, Germany (Tickets: http://bit.ly/2p16Mqc) 28/09/17: Meet Factory - Prague, Czech (Tickets: http://bit.ly/2o9VVx7) 29/09/17: Waves - Vienna, Austria (Tickets: http://bit.ly/2oInag3) 30/09/17: Dürer Kert - Budapest, Hungary (Tickets: http://bit.ly/2nL4eeX) 02/10/17: Drugstore - Belgrade, Serbia (Tickets: http://bit.ly/2nK07R8) 03/10/17: Mocvara - Zagreb, Croatia (Tickets: http://bit.ly/2o7cQA1) 04/10/17: Kino Siska - Ljubljana, Slovenia (Tickets: http://bit.ly/2nK72cX) 06/10/17: Locomotiv - Bologna, Italy (Tickets: http://bit.ly/2nJWMRU) 07/10/17: FAB - Prato, Italy (Tickets: http://bit.ly/2o9XhYx) 08/10/17: Lanificio 25 - Naples, Italy (Tickets: http://bit.ly/2nXL7zX) 10/10/17: Dachstock - Bern, Switzerland (Tickets: http://bit.ly/2nK7w2L) 11/10/17: Rote Fabrik - Zurich, Switzerland (Tickets: http://bit.ly/2nJTFJX) 12/10/17: Uebel & Gefährlich - Hamburg, Germany (Tickets: http://bit.ly/2oBZk8Z) 13/10/17: Bitterzoet - Amsterdam, Netherlands (Tickets: http://bit.ly/2nb5DzR) 14/10/17: Badaboum - Paris, France (Tickets: http://bit.ly/2olrCkG) 16/10/17: The Lantern - Bristol, UK (Tickets: http://bit.ly/2oIll2m) 18/10/17: Village Underground - London, UK (Tickets: http://bit.ly/2nu7r2Y) 19/10/17: The Haunt - Brighton, UK (Tickets: http://bit.ly/2oBV1dC) 20/10/17: Headrow House - Leeds, UK (Tickets: http://bit.ly/2nXKrKW) 21/10/17: Gorilla - Manchester, UK (Tickets: http://bit.ly/2oIM2UH) 25/10/17: Teatr Warsawy - Warsaw, Poland (Tickets: http://bit.ly/2nn9wOi) 27/10/17: Six Dogs - Athens, Greece (Tickets: http://bit.ly/2p0RQbI) 28/10/17: Salon ISKV - Istanbul, Turkey (Tickets: http://bit.ly/2nXXxrC) 14/11/17: Good Room - NYC, US (Tickets: http://ticketf.ly/2qdzPYl) 15/11/17: Lincoln Hall - Chicago, US (Tickets: http://bit.ly/2oMnetG) 17/11/17: Chapel - San Francisco, US (Tickets: http://ticketf.ly/2ppevlx) 18/11/17: Echo - Los Angeles, US (Tickets: http://bit.ly/2qelmuU) 29/11/17: GNRation - Braga, Portugal (Tickets: http://bit.ly/2oDe86C) 30/11/17: ZDB - Lisbon, Portugal (http://bit.ly/2o325P4) 01/12/17: Caracol - Madrid, Spain (http://bit.ly/2oC0Mbr)
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Track Listing

1. War It
2. The Highest Flood
3. Panic
4. Exalter
5. Border Margin Barrier
6. Arms Out
7. Vandalism
8. Sjurvival
9. Raw Language
10.Knife Edge