The No Pain In Pop label seems to have been bewitched by Forest Swords. Besides releasing his most recent songs (last July they put out the band’s first 7”, “Rattling Cage”), the London-based label is about to revive the recent past of this young one-person project. In March, Forest Swords debuted officially—before that, though, there had been a very limited edition of two cassette EPs—with “Dagger Paths” (Olde English Spelling Bee, 2010), a 6-track mini album that served as the introduction to the fascinating sound of Mike Barnes, a young artist hailing from the Wirral, in North West England. Summoning up the spirit of Ennio Morricone, psychedelia pop, the most desolated post-rock, animist dub and even post-dubstep, Barnes’ songs are captivating and sound like nothing we’ve heard before. No Pain In Pop will soon release the mini album, that up until now has only available digitally and on vinyl. It will also feature two bonus tracks (the two sides of “Rattling Cage”). Moreover, to encourage the purchase, if you get yourself a copy of “Dagger Paths”, you’ll also have a CD-R including remixes by Pariah, Becoming Real, Legionnaires and Turnbull Green, a demo featuring previously unreleased tracks (the “Free Feather” EP) and an exclusive mixtape made by Forest Swords himself with some remixes and edits for These New Puritans, Wild Beasts and Becoming Real. Out on 22nd November. Pre-order here.
Forest Swords - “Dagger Paths”01. Miarches 02. Hoylake Misst 03. Visits 04. Glory Gongs 05. If Your Girl 06. The Light 07. Rattling Cage 08. Hjurt