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Top 10 Albums of the Year 2017: Forest Swords - Compassion

Top 10 Albums of the Year 2017: Forest Swords - Compassion

  • Compassion
    Artist
    Forest Swords
    ReleaseProduct
    Compassion
    Label
    Ninja Tune
    Catalogue Number
    ZENDNL243
    Release Date
    May 2017
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    Compassion is the highly anticipated return of Forest Swords, following his stunning Tri Angle album Engravings (one of our top 10 albums of 2013). Composed as a response to the current state of the world as seen through his eyes, Compassion is a perfectly formed transmission from the mid-point between ecstasy and melancholy, a call to arms for togetherness in times of hardship.

    Back in 2010 when the Dagger Path EP landed on our doorstep, little was known about who Forest Swords was, but the impact of these recordings instantly had us and many others hooked. Upon signing to Tri Angle in 2013 he delivered what on reflection is a peak moment within the label's signature cross-genre sound, mixing elements of R&B-tinged vocals, 808 snare snaps, shoegaze feedback and a hoods up eyes-down approach to electronica that carried both a gritty urban quality, yet as his namesake proposed was built out of purely organic produce that no other artist within the scene had yet to explore. This rendition of elements was subjected to various incarnations, most notably on Andy Stott's Passed Me By and We Stay Together double packs, yet no one ever really quite hit the heights of Forest Swords' gothic ambience.

    Fast forward to the present day and following on from his sparse and climatic soundtrack to the dance piece Shrine, Forest Swords fulfils the promises hinted at on The Highest Flood single with a full-length offering for Ninja Tune. Compassion takes its form as "a response to the uncertain, aggressive new world we’re experiencing and communicating within, distilling it into a unique sound territory". Utilising his skills as a producer of rhythmic orchestral arrangements with a highly attuned knowledge of hip-hop beats, Compassion portrays a darker side to Forest Swords that is ripe with influence from Mark Ernestus and Shackleton yet wouldn't sound out of place on a Workshop 12".

    Throughout the album, echoes of his previous work rings through the trees, but here we find Forest Swords taking elements of his previous records while carving out new areas of hi-def ambience that carry an almost industrial undertow through the deep dredges of the album's core. Using the title as a platform to draw hope, Forest Swords says "Like many, with all that's been going on since I started making the record, I've struggled to see any kind of light at the end of the tunnel," says Barnes, "so I realised there's some sort of power in trying to create our own instead”. Compassion transverses these ideas with the sort of digital psychedelia that can only be drawn from the deepest darkest corners of the mind, topping them off with a rolling rapid-fire woodblock drum beat and overlaying it with a distorted dub drone, Compassion hypnotises with its melancholy undercurrent yet translates an unstoppable positive light to all that dare to tread deep. A captivating listen that true to its name offers Compassion for all that follow its late night dusk-fallen allure.

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    1. 1 War It 5:54 Forest Swords Buy
    2. 2 The Highest Flood 5:07 Forest Swords Buy
    3. 3 Panic 4:48 Forest Swords Buy
    4. 4 Exalter 5:36 Forest Swords Buy
    5. 5 Border Margin Barrier 3:08 Forest Swords Buy
    6. 6 Arms Out 5:47 Forest Swords Buy
    7. 7 Vandalism 4:37 Forest Swords Buy
    8. 8 Sjurvival 2:26 Forest Swords Buy
    9. 9 Raw Language 4:28 Forest Swords Buy
    10. 10 Knife Edge 6:16 Forest Swords Buy

Forest Swords returned in 2017 with Compassion, an album that was split between the ecstasy and melancholy of his earlier recordings. Yet what made it such an important record was how far into the late night dusk-fallen allure we were led. The music dragged out the edge of the night sounds that were previously only hinted at on the distant horizon of his sound world, and in doing so made Compassion one of the most searching, yet explorative records of the year.

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Compassion is the highly anticipated return of Forest Swords, following his stunning Tri Angle album Engravings (one of our top 10 albums of 2013). Composed as a response to the current state of the world as seen through his eyes, Compassion is a perfectly formed transmission from the mid-point between ecstasy and melancholy, a call to arms for togetherness in times of hardship.

Back in 2010 when the Dagger Path EP landed on our doorstep, little was known about who Forest Swords was, but the impact of these recordings instantly had us and many others hooked. Upon signing to Tri Angle in 2013 he delivered what on reflection is a peak moment within the label's signature cross-genre sound, mixing elements of R&B-tinged vocals, 808 snare snaps, shoegaze feedback and a hoods up eyes-down approach to electronica that carried both a gritty urban quality, yet as his namesake proposed was built out of purely organic produce that no other artist within the scene had yet to explore. This rendition of elements was subjected to various incarnations, most notably on Andy Stott's Passed Me By and We Stay Together double packs, yet no one ever really quite hit the heights of Forest Swords' gothic ambience.

Fast forward to the present day and following on from his sparse and climatic soundtrack to the dance piece Shrine, Forest Swords fulfils the promises hinted at on The Highest Flood single with a full-length offering for Ninja Tune. Compassion takes its form as "a response to the uncertain, aggressive new world we’re experiencing and communicating within, distilling it into a unique sound territory". Utilising his skills as a producer of rhythmic orchestral arrangements with a highly attuned knowledge of hip-hop beats, Compassion portrays a darker side to Forest Swords that is ripe with influence from Mark Ernestus and Shackleton yet wouldn't sound out of place on a Workshop 12".

Throughout the album, echoes of his previous work rings through the trees, but here we find Forest Swords taking elements of his previous records while carving out new areas of hi-def ambience that carry an almost industrial undertow through the deep dredges of the album's core. Using the title as a platform to draw hope, Forest Swords says "Like many, with all that's been going on since I started making the record, I've struggled to see any kind of light at the end of the tunnel," says Barnes, "so I realised there's some sort of power in trying to create our own instead”. Compassion transverses these ideas with the sort of digital psychedelia that can only be drawn from the deepest darkest corners of the mind, topping them off with a rolling rapid-fire woodblock drum beat and overlaying it with a distorted dub drone, Compassion hypnotises with its melancholy undercurrent yet translates an unstoppable positive light to all that dare to tread deep. A captivating listen that true to its name offers Compassion for all that follow its late night dusk-fallen allure.

  • Artist
    Forest Swords
    Merch
    'Compassion' Risograph Art Print
    Label
    Ninja Tune
    Release Date
    November 2017
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    Forest Swords returned in 2017 with Compassion, an album that was split between the ecstasy and melancholy of his earlier recordings. Yet what made it such an important record was how far into the late night dusk-fallen allure we were led. The music dragged out the edge of the night sounds that were previously only hinted at on the distant horizon of his sound world, and in doing so made Compassion one of the most searching, yet explorative records of the year.

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Top 10 Albums of the Year 2017

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  • Top 10 Albums of the Year 2017
    Artist
    Various Artists
    ReleaseProduct
    Top 10 Albums of the Year 2017
    Label
    Bleep
    Catalogue Number
    BLEEPEOY2017
    Release Date
    November 2017
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    2017 was a momentous year for music within our world, and with our top 10 albums we have compiled what we consider to be the most important releases from across the board.

    While the top spot is taken with the razor-sharp electronica of Jlin's Black Origami, Lee Gamble landed on Hyperdub pushing the boundaries of ambient jungle forward, while Brainwaltzera's update on the classic Braindance sound topped the acid-electronic revival by a mile. With new age receiving a massive resurgence in 2017, the most notable releases by far were from Visible Cloaks mystical reaching Reassemblage, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith's influence exploring transitions of youth within The Kid and Alessandro Cortini's AVANTI presenting emotionally charged trip into the misty realms of nostalgia. Each album shone a light on a different aspect of this freshly realised sound.

    2017 also heralded the much-anticipated arrival of contemporary R&B icon Kelela's debut album Take Me Apart, an incredibly powerful album of soaring songcraft and experimental electronics delivered with a soulful edge. While Forest Swords turned in his greatest album to date with Compassion, splitting between the ecstasy and melancholy of his earlier recordings, his Compassion offered a journey through the nightland edges of his sound world. A journey perfectly complimented by Blanck Mass' brilliant album of brainfreeze techno and angle grinder electronics that was World Eater. While a special dedication goes out to Photay whose Onism packed in the year's tightest selection of ear worms designed to move your mind.

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