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Forest Swords To Release First Album In Six Years, 'Bolted'
Christian Eede , October 3rd, 2023 14:33

The follow-up to Matthew Barnes' 2017 record 'Compassion' is out later in October

Forest Swords is set to release his first album in six years.

Due out through Ninja Tune, the 11-track Bolted takes in vocal samples from the likes of Neneh Cherry and the late Lee "Scratch" Perry. Its announcement comes six years on from the release of 2017's Compassion and follows the release in July of double-single Butterfly Effect / Tar, which marked the UK artist's first new music in five years. Both of those tracks feature on the new album.

Ahead of the release of Bolted, Forest Swords, AKA Matthew Barnes, has shared a video for album cut 'Munitions', which you can watch above. "'Munitions' was one of the first tracks I wrote for this album and sits at the beginning of the tracklisting," he said in a statement. "It was written during a few bleak late winter nights in my studio I set up in a cold warehouse in Liverpool and set the tone for much of the album writing that followed it."

Ninja Tune will release Bolted on October 20, 2023.