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Liam Young’s The Machine Air represents a landmark in cinema due to it being the first film to be recorded by flying drones. Forest Swords (Matthew Barnes), then, is an intriguing choice to soundtrack the movie. While electronics and experimentation have long been a part of the project’s music, much of Forest Swords’ previous releases have had a distinctly old-world, almost ancient, sensibility to them - more marching into battle than march of progress.

Unsurprisingly, his music here is more gestural than the stomping, often rather ceremonial-sounding music of his studio LPs. Barnes pulls his sounds apart in a manner that recalls recent OST work by Clark, his electronic and organic instruments set out to create widescreen ambient vistas or little kernels of rhythm.

In fact, it is the tension between the past and the future that gives Barnes’ score for The Machine Air such potency. While droid-like synths gurgle and sputter, the interjection of chilly guitars or reverb-drenched keyboards provide the music with an on-edge quality that feels decidedly animalistic. These sounds conjure a similarly primal feeling to the whispering, pensive music of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s score for The Revenant or the recent screenwork of Nick Cave & Warren Ellis.

Forest Swords ushers us into a world of frosty, abstract cyberpunk in his score for Liam Young’s groundbreaking movie The Machine Air.

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Digital Track List

  1. 1 Taking Off Forest Swords 3:12 Buy
  2. 2 Swarm Forest Swords 2:46 Buy
  3. 3 Do Drones Go to Heaven? Forest Swords 3:03 Buy
  4. 4 The Textile Factory Forest Swords 2:23 Buy
  5. 5 Civilians Forest Swords 3:16 Buy
  6. 6 Open Water, Looking Down Forest Swords 2:48 Buy
  7. 7 Lithium Pool Forest Swords 2:19 Buy
  8. 8 Lithium Pool (Reprise) Forest Swords 0:31 Buy
  9. 9 Police Forest Swords 2:18 Buy
  10. 10 Target Night Vision Forest Swords 3:41 Buy
  11. 11 Dust Settle Forest Swords 1:12 Buy
  12. 12 Medic Drop Forest Swords 1:56 Buy
  13. 13 Heatseeking Forest Swords 2:30 Buy
  14. 14 Battery Power Down Forest Swords 3:02 Buy

Forest Swords

Forest Swords

Dense Truth

Electronic and Electronica

Limited Editions

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