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In 2010 Forest Swords, the musical guise of Matt Barnes, introduced his unique and highly evocative sound with the release of his debut EP Dagger Paths. Developing a word of mouth, cult following, the release was critically lauded upon, landing positions on numerous 'Best of' lists that year. Heralded as an artist on the rise with big things ahead of him, Forest Swords took his newfound interest and for very personal reasons did what many artists wouldn't have done in his position; he practically vanished.


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 17, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tri Angle Records
  • ASIN: B00E4LBZVO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,326 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ian Hutchison on September 13, 2013
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I listen to lots of electronic music and I'm a professional musician. I really enjoy this record; I've been listening to it a lot since I downloaded it. Really nice textures. Pretty low key and mellow over all, not high energy or dance-y. I'd definitely call this electronic music, although most of the drum sounds are real, there aren't many syths, etc. It sounds very grounded and earthy. I'm always looking for new sounds and textures in electronic music. I'm not sure if there is anything truly new going on here, but man, this record sounds SO great. Really well produced, and it definitely creates a mood. I suggest you listen to a few cuts on you tube to get a sense for it before you buy. Some of this record I'd almost describe as ambient. Definitely one of my favorite records I've picked up this year.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By nonlinearize on September 6, 2013
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2013 has proven to be a very good year for electronic music, with Boards of Canada's Tomorrow's Harvest, Jon Hopkins' Immunity and now Forest Swords' Engravings all at the top of the list. Engravings follows 2010's Dagger Paths EP as the first full-length album from producer Matthew Barnes. It's a hell of a debut, refining an organic sound that is at once nuanced and accessible, innovative and familiar. Each song emerges through the progressive cohesion of distinct, even disparate elements that are assembled with uncanny dexterity. The result is warmly atmospheric and layered with an almost mythic intensity, suggesting an immersion in the music of an imagined era.

With Engravings, Forest Swords' primarily instrumental approach is often masterfully textured with fractured, drifting voices, adding rich emotional tones that subtly invoke celebration, longing and reverie. The album tends to flow incredibly well, but two tracks --"Onward" and "Gathering"-- rely on overly repetitive structures that I find initially intrusive. Both resolve in such a way, however, that they seem to support the logic of the whole. At times dreamlike, contemplative, brooding and ecstatic, Engravings dodges easy classification, creating a lush interior world that becomes more inviting with each listen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ben on January 26, 2014
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Spooky. Dark. Percussive. Rusty. Somehow both Nordic and Japanesey. Militant. I bought it for my dad for Christmas. Nuff said.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By eric morales on November 13, 2013
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Forest Swords new album is evocative, it's primal, and yet it is refreshing. It is a delight to listen to and it is hard to stop playing it.
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