Forest Swords marks his return to production after three years out of the spotlight with a soundtrack to a solo dance piece that treads into waters unknown. Entirely devised, composed and scored by Forest Swords, the music is made from samples of breath and "body sounds" that were put through the computers, mangled processed and sequenced until they resembled the sonic soundworld that became the outcome.
It's a tense, caustic and sparse listen, with each piece motoring along with a drowsy but sinister look in its eye, and an ever growing feeling of a build up towards the climatic end. As each track unfolds before you snatches of previous work appear and vanish in small doses, just enough to remind where we came from but also shining the torch onto the road where we are being led.
Shrine will be at first, a difficult listen for those wanting some of the gleaning organic electronica of his previous work, but stick with it and you will find it is just as rewarding as anything he has scoped out before. A quietly seductive body of work that will pull you into its world, digging in its claws until the final notes disappear into the ether.