Boomkat Product Review:
Forest Swords presents his absorbing original dance score Shrine on the Dense Truth label.
Commissioned by Liverpool’s Metal, an art space cannily located at Edge Hill train station, Shrine is described as “a physical and aural exploration of the human body, breath and spirit – a powerful reclamation of the body as a tool for independence, purpose, and personal liberation.”
The soundtrack mirrors this idea with a an array of almost meditative but shocking, shuddering breaths and body sounds, processed and sequenced to create a claustrophobic sound world of texture and physical rhythm, punctuated by blunt, wooden percussion, saving any semblance of “proper” song structure or wistful Mersey melody for the final two parts of gauzy folk in Shrine Hold, and the almost ecclesiastic chant of Shrine Out.
It easily stands out as Forest Swords’ most abstract work, both in terms of tone and structure, and all quite far removed from his Engravings album, but still exploring that semi-rural, anachronistic aesthetic that’s been core to his sound since the beginning.