This is the original score, written by Forest Swords, for a solo dance piece called Shrine performed by Owen Ridley-Demonick and choreographed by Carmel Koster. The audio piece itself begins with breathy shuffling and scrapes, imagine Holly Herndon doing a release on Tri-Angle and builds into distorted kicks and percussion with organic acoustic instrumentation and voices.
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- TJRUTH003 / Limited electric blue vinyl 12" EP + insert on Dense Truth. Edition of 350 copies
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- Shrine (Original Dance Score) by Forest Swords
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 09 August 2016
On the most marvellously vibrant electric blue vinyl this is by a long distance the most experimental work I’ve heard from Forest Swords. Instead of the usual soundtrack sounds and cavernous dub we appear to get a lot of things made out of the sound of people breathing. T
he opening ‘Hale’ is Herndon-esque sound experimentation with soft breaths seemingly sampled and layered. As the A side moves on the breaths seem to become more intense until on ‘East’ they are joined by a thumping kick drum. All the music here has been written for a piece of contemporary dance and I’m sure it will make total sense when visuals are added to it. Over on side B ‘Hold’ is the first track to use actual melody and mood using an eerie vocal sample and some lovely piano notes amidst the breaths and two step beats and closer ‘Out’ sounds much more like the Forest Swords we know with sampled voices and dubbed out beats and everything starts folding over itself to excellent effect with some neat dulcimer clangs adding to the atmosphere..
It’s for these last two tracks the EP should be purchased for if you are a fan of his previous work. The earlier stuff is …’experimental’ let’s say. Original certainly but I did enjoy the EP more as it more on. Also a portion of proceeds will be donated to charities working in the Calais refugee camp.
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