Heralded as an artist on the rise with big things ahead of him, Forest Swords took his newfound interest and for very personal reasons did what many artists wouldn’t have done in his position; he practically vanished. Now, over 3 years later, Tri Angle are ecstatic to announce his return with the release of his debut album, ‘Engravings’.
As a lifelong resident of the windswept, bleakly beautiful Wirral Peninsula in the north of England, Forest Swords’ surroundings have always tended to be his biggest inspiration, and that love affair continues to flourish on ‘Engravings’, with Barnes even opting to mix the entire record on the beaches of this battered coastline on his laptop. The results are heavy and triumphant, euphoric and yet touched by a distinct world-weariness.
‘Engravings’ is an expansive and truly original fusion of rattling dub rhythms, chiming guitar, blunted hip hop beats, and vocals that sound as if they’re emanating from decades old gospel recordings.