Friday, January 28, 2011


Forest Swords- Dagger Paths + Rattling Cage EP (2010) MP3 & FLAC


While bearing a passing resemblance to the Post-Rock-meets-Dub palette of bands such as Labradford and Bowery Electric, Matthew Barnes' Forest Swords project effectively transcends such comparisons by integrating Post-Punk, Kraut-Rock, Reggae, R&B, and Techno influences into its reverb-drenched mix. Barnes' spiderweb-spinning guitar work coupled with the Dub-heavy atmospherics on tracks such as "Miarches" and "Glory Gongs" sounds something like Tom Verlaine in low gear fronting a space-rock band produced by Lee "Scratch" Perry. What Barnes does best on Dagger Paths is create some dark, atmospheric gems, all deftly structured around a surprisingly unique mix of influences. Yes, it is clearly indebted, in the guitar-atmospherics department, to Verlaine's instrumental work on, for example, Around and Warm and Cool; however, there is something dynamic and original about the EP, which has me highly anticipating Forest Swords' next move.

Dagger Paths EP
1. Miarches  (6:23)
2. Hoylake Misst  (7:52)
3. Visits  (3:31)
4. Glory Gongs  (6:24)
5. If Your Girl  (6:26)
6. The Light  (3:29)

Rattling Cage EP
7. Rattling Cage  (3:51)
8. Hjurt  (4:10)



13 comments:

  1. Tom Verlaine in low gear fronting a space-rock band produced by Lee "Scratch" Perry...wow it is worth a download just off that description. Epitaph and Triumvirate are my favorite kraut rockers.

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  2. Puffy chest Chuffy PestJanuary 28, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Whoops it is Triumvirat but I'm sure you knew that. ;-)

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  3. Chest, now I'm nervous- I hope the album lives up to my description ;)

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  4. One track in and I'm hooked. Thanks!

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  5. Hi scurfie, this one hooked me pretty quickly too. I'm ready for more!

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  6. It is greeaatt! Love the bass lines and singer sounds like he is singing in a hallway or tunnel. Thanks for new musiks hookup.

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  7. Hey fans of this may be interested in the new EP by Weird Ribs. Titled 803 Days it's a journey through space via electronic beats, rhythms and drones.
    Check it here: http://www.mediafire.com/?7puivuby91ov35j
    All the best!

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  8. Anon. thanks for the recommendation! I'll give it a listen

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  9. Already listen this in MP3,thank you for FLAC.
    It's very interesting album!

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  10. sunday, yes, this was one of my favorites from 2010

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  11. Glory Gongs man! Domo arigatooo!greetings from Japan

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