Forest Swords / Compassion
Album: Compassion   Collection:General
Artist:Forest Swords   Added:May 2017
Label:Ninja Tune  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2017-05-25 Pull Date: 2017-07-27 Charts: Electronic
Week Ending: Jul 30 Jul 23 Jul 16 Jul 9 Jun 11 Jun 4 May 28
Airplays: 1 2 4 1 1 2 2

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 07, 2017: All Passion No Technique
Raw Language
4. Jul 29, 2017: Music Casserole
The Highest Flood
2. Aug 31, 2017: moodswings
The Highest Flood
5. Jul 23, 2017: The Daily Bump
3. Jul 30, 2017: The Daily Bump
Arms Out, War It
6. Jul 22, 2017: Narnia
The Highest Flood

Album Review
Shay Z
Reviewed 2017-05-21
Epic, experimental UK dub with orchestral tendencies. Some great science-fiction movies fuse historical mystique with futuristic technology (e.g. Prometheus). This is the musical equivalent of that synthesis. Like discovering a ruined civilization in a jungle on a distant planet, Matthew Barnes masterfully blends the artificial and the natural. While this album doesn’t surpass his incredible debut, Barnes succeeds in producing epic, forward-thinking music strongly rooted in organic instrumentation. Prepare to be awed by his vision and song craft.

Genre: both forest and sword
RIYL: Burial, Andy Stott, Arca, Tim Hecker
FCCs: No
Favorite Tracks: 1, 2, 3, 6

War It (5:54)* - great song, anthemic, dark; long rise to an exciting climax
The Highest Flood (5:07)* - triumphant yet tense, wow, such anxiety
Panic (4:48)** - kinda eastern melody with swaggering percussion, paranoid vocal samples add to the atmosphere
Exalter (5:36) - consistent distant ringing metallic percussion, epic choral vox
Border Margin Barrier (3:08) - instrumental, less purposeful track, lots of fuzz and reverb, almost entirely percussion-less
Arms Out (5:47)* - grand, compassionate, choppy vocals almost sing, dancey with lovely strings
Vandalism (4:37) - epic percussion, tense, distant war horns, very minimal
Sjurvival (2:26) - train in rain, twisted vocals beneath layers of reverb and effects
Raw Language (4:28) - joyful, experimental brass sections, reverby
Knife Edge (6:16) - some beautiful piano melodies, long, pretty close to the record

Track Listing
1. War It   6. Arms Out
2. The Highest Flood   7. Vandalism
3. Panic   8. Sjurvival
4. Exalter   9. Raw Language
5. Border Margin Barrier   10. Knife Edge