Forest Swords – Thor’s Stone (Lee Scratch Perry remix) | Deaf Institute show Saturday 8 February

forest_onlineOne of Now Wave’s favourite records of the year, the stand-out track from Forest Sword’s Engravings has had a new spin put on it by seminal reggae producer Lee Scratch Perry. Stereogum had this to say about the collaboration:

One inspiration might stand above all the others: Dub reggae, especially in its most mythic, uncanny state. So it makes sense that Lee “Scratch” Perry, the eccentric architect of the dub reggae sound, has made a powerful remix of the Engravings track “Thor’s Stone,” adding a titanic digital skank and chatting mystic nonsense all over it. Read More


The remix certainly adds a new dimension to what was already one of 2013’s most interesting listens. Sample it yourself below.

The stage name of Matthew Barnes, Forest Swords has remained elusive since his surfacing in around 2009. Live shows remained sporadic after the release of his stunning Dagger Paths LP in 2010, though the release of 2013’s Engravings has seen him lift the veil of secrecy slightly. Following from his stunning performance at St Philip’s Church in May, Forest Swords will play The Deaf Institute on Saturday 8 February, with support from GNOD. Tickets are £11.50 and are available through SeeTickets


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