Monday, 30 August 2010

Forest Swords

Forest Swords - Rattling Cage from ///NO PAIN IN POP\\\ on Vimeo.

The first track I heard from Forest Swords was 'Rattling Cage', one of the two captivating efforts present on his most recent 7'' out on No Pain In Pop, although it doesn't so much rattle as float due to a generous helping of reverb. The lush ghostly twinkles bring to mind ghostly happenings and the indecipherable vocals and unexpected crashes of guitar do nothing to chase off this sinister presence.

Its companion piece, 'Hjurt', floats poignantly along before being dubbed into fragile hypnagogia from which it falls upon your subjective response as regards whether to continue further into the sinister ambiance initially conjured by 'Rattling Cage' or to float on by.

Forest Swords also have an EP (which is clearly long enough to be an album) out on Olde English Spelling Bee, which is the sort of place you would expect to find him BUT the boy is from Liverpool which is mental both sonically and geographically.

Anyway, the EP is also very good and long enough to get nice and lost in his world. His skill at crafting these sonic landscapes is in some ways comparable to that of Burial, although obviously the music is not so similar.

I think the plan is to release a full album which will basically be the EP plus the 7'' though I can't remember where I read that so it might be a lie. They also made what, judging by the tracklisting, looks like a very interesting mixtape for Gorilla Vs Bear before the EP dropped but I wasn't on the ball enough to pick it up and don't know anywhere to find it now. If YOU know, inform me please. Cheers.


  1. Yeah, I heard that Hanson are totally rad.

  2. i dont like this song smokes