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2017 In Review

Stereogum’s 80 Favorite Songs Of 2017

If you've been reading Stereogum for long enough, you may have noticed something about your Stereogum staffers: We don't agree on shit. We argue constantly,…
Stereogum | December 11, 2017 - 11:49 am

List

The 50 Best Albums Of 2017 So Far

Lizzy Goodman’s new book, Meet Me In The Bathroom, documents an era in rock music that many of us remember well. It uses oral history…
Stereogum | June 6, 2017 - 11:00 am

Interview

Q&A: Forest Swords On Coming Up In A Small Town And His Visual Approach To Making Music

Matthew Barnes, the composer and producer behind the Forest Swords moniker, is the first to tell you that he doesn’t listen to all that much…
Paula Mejia | May 23, 2017 - 11:19 am

More Forest Swords stories

Forest Swords – “Crow”

Matthew Barnes, the UK producer who records under the name Forest Swords, makes ominous, intense, meditative instrumental music. Last year, he returned after a long…
Tom Breihan | April 18, 2018 - 9:42 am

Forest Swords – “Congregate” & “Free”

Experimental producer Matthew Barnes, who puts out music as Forest Swords, released one of the best albums of the year so far with Compassion, and…
James Rettig | September 27, 2017 - 5:19 pm

Forest Swords – “Raw Language” Video

Forest Swords have shared a video for "Raw Language" from Compassion, one of our favorite albums of the year so far. Director Sam Wiehl refracts…
Chris DeVille | August 15, 2017 - 1:11 pm

Interview

Q&A: Forest Swords On Coming Up In A Small Town And His Visual Approach To Making Music

Matthew Barnes, the composer and producer behind the Forest Swords moniker, is the first to tell you that he doesn’t listen to all that much…
Paula Mejia | May 23, 2017 - 11:19 am

Forest Swords – “Panic” Video

Almost four years ago, Matthew Barnes, the UK producer who records under the name Forest Swords, released an ominous and entrancing album called Engravings. Next…
Tom Breihan | April 26, 2017 - 10:35 am

Forest Swords – “Arms Out” Video

As Forest Swords, UK producer Matthew Barnes makes murky, genre-agnostic music that sounds like it would be playing during some mystical ancient ritual. After nearly…
Peter Helman | March 30, 2017 - 10:00 am

Forest Swords – “The Highest Flood”

It's been nearly four years since Matthew Barnes, the UK producer who records as Forest Swords, released Engravings, a truly great album of dark, enveloping…
Tom Breihan | March 7, 2017 - 10:43 am

Red Bull Music Academy Announces NY Fest With PC Music, Arthur Russell Tribute, FKA Twigs, & More

Red Bull Music Academy is returning to New York City for the third year in a row for a month-long series of events. Highlights include…
James Rettig | March 9, 2015 - 11:04 am

Straight To Video

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

There were lots of good videos this week, but I didn't like any of them as much as I hated Jerry James's video for "Lana
Tom Breihan | February 21, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Forest Swords – “The Weight Of Gold” Video

Last year, the British guitarist and producer Forest Swords gave us Engravings, a deeply absorbing album of ominous, skeletal, spaced-out almost-instrumentals. It's one of those…
Tom Breihan | February 20, 2014 - 2:19 pm

List

The 50 Best Albums Of 2013

Earlier this year, New York Times pop critic Jon Caramanica wrote a piece about pop's Summer Of Smooth, about how many of this year's big…
Stereogum | December 3, 2013 - 10:58 am

Forest Swords – “Thor’s Stone (Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry Remix)”

Engravings, the dark marvel of an album that the British producer Forest Swords released earlier this year, is one of those albums that seems to…
Tom Breihan | November 27, 2013 - 11:42 am

Forest Swords – “Thor’s Stone” Video

Forest Swords has put out a new video for "Thor's Stone," one of the best tracks off our recent Album Of The Week, Engravings. Director…
Miles Bowe | September 27, 2013 - 5:58 pm
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