It is around four years now that Matthew Barnes aka Forest Swords name has been placeable ever since he launched in 2010 his debut EP ‘Dagger Paths’ via indie label No Pain In Pop, home to the Grimes and Pattern, becoming part of a new generation of producer-composers, alongside James Blake, Mount Kimbie, Bon Iver, Burial and Four Tet.Three years after working on select projects, exploring experimental sound art installations and lending his production skills to , among others, How To Dress Well, These New Puritans and Haleek Maul , Forest Swords (a graphic designer himself, with with work featured in Creative Review, Grafik, and Dazed & Confused) came back with the very intense, musing and free of genre 2013 debut album “Engravings”, distinguished by a visceral instrumentation and dissonant vibe. ( Best Albums of 2013).
“I’m glad I took a step back…I’ve seen so many bands who strike while the iron’s hot and then burn out.”, confessed Barnes in an interview in 2013.
Nowness premiered today the video of “The Weight Of Gold” from the 2013 album “Engravings”, directed by Benjamin Millepied, renown French choreographer, filmaker and husband to one Natalie Portman, not to mention newly appointed director at the Paris Opera Ballet and Black Swan choreographer. Millepied teams up with the Golden Lens Award for Best Cinematography in a music video DOP, Tobias Hochstein.It lives up to the intensiveness and contemplativeness of Barnes’ music, capturing dancer Billy Barry violently agitated , shaking and revolving in an outlandish landscape on the Dead Sea.
“I first saw Billy Barry perform at Juilliard four years ago and I thought,who is this creature? Billy’s quality as a dancer is so otherworldly, I immediately knew I wanted to create a portrait of him.”, explained Millepied to Nowness.
We could not have imagined a better video for “The Weight Of Gold”. Check it out below! “Engravings” is out now, via Tri Angle. Get it here!