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Forest Swords announces his first album in six years, Bolted

05 September 2023, 16:36 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Alongside the announcement of Forest Swords forthcoming studio album, is the brand new single “The Low”.

Forest Swords – AKA electronic producer/composer Matthew Barnes – returns with a new album, Bolted.

Having spent the past few years working as an in-demand composer and sound designer, writing music for ballet, film and video games, the forthcoming album was recorded over the past year in a warehouse factory space in Barnes’ home city of Liverpool.

Speaking on the track Barnes comments, "’The Low’ was based on a beat I’d originally intended for Yoko Ono, and features elements I made both at the start and end of the album, so ties together a lot of the sounds and emotions I was exploring during the writing process. The accompanying video directed with Sam Wiehl expands on some of my artwork and visual world that accompanies the record”.

“The Low” arrives shortly after the release of the most recent singles, “Butterfly Effect”, and its B-side, "Tar". Bolted follows on from the 2017 full-length album, Compassion.

Barnes will also perform a selection of UK/EU live dates this winter, including a headline show at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts.


  1. Munitions
  2. Butterfly Effect
  3. Rubble
  4. Night Sculpture
  5. Caged
  6. Tar
  7. The Low
  8. Chain Link
  9. Hjope
  10. End
  11. Line Gone Cold

"The Low" is out now. Forest Swords' forthcoming album, Bolted, is set for release on 20 October on Ninja Tune, and is available to pre-order now.

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