|vr 08.12.17||20:00 - 23:30||Balzaal||
Ambient protest music from Liverpool
“This was more than a pop concert, this was poetry” – De Morgen’s description of Forest Swords’ set this year at Pukkelpop. For anyone keeping track of all things ambient over the past few years, this level of praise will come as no surprise. Matthew Barnes’ one-man project came onto the scene in 2010 with the debut record ‘Dagger Paths’ and would cut deeper with every consistently unique album to follow.
Barnes is at it again with his latest LP ‘Compassion’, creating magnificent, hyper-detailed sound collages brimming with field recordings and samples. ‘Compassion’ is instrumental protest music that manages to meld the prevailing zeitgeist of confusion, malaise, consolation and hope into one sublime trip. Eastern melodies vibe with abstract chants, esoteric synths and deconstructed beats that would make Jamie xx green with envy. Forest Swords manoeuvres from euphoric to dark moods and from oppressive slow-motion passages to melancholic optimism.
The British producer performs his numbers in part-digital, part-analogue fashion, underscoring his dub influences with bass and guitar. Barnes, a former multimedia arts student, elevates the show further with stylised visuals to put on a show like you’ve never seen.
vr 08.12 - 20:00 Balzaal
€18 / 15 (vvk)