Forest Swords Releases Single ‘Raw Language’

Forest Swords, aka Merseyside producer Matthew Barnes, has issued a video for ‘Raw Language’, a standout track from his second album ‘Compassion’ (out now via Ninja Tune).

The track features Barnes experimenting with balancing the organic sounds of string stabs and choral samples with powerful sequenced drums, dissolving into distorted tenor sax part way through, before remoulding itself for a euphoric climax.

It is accompanied with a video by Sam Wiehl and art directed by Barnes, produced and creatively directed by Barnes’ new experimental creative studio Dense Truth.

“Raw Language is the most direct song on the album, and moves into the light a lot more than some of the other tracks” says Matthew of the ‘Compassion’ cut. “I wanted to echo that in the video, bringing in colour, texture and surreal warmth”.

Forest Swords will tour Europe and North American across September to December, including a headline performance at London’s Village Underground.