Forest Swords - Arms Out (Official Video)
Taken from 'Compassion' album, released 5th May 2017 via Ninja Tune.
Directors: Sam Wiehl and Matthew Barnes/Forest Swords
DOP: Marco Fanton
Actor: Eryl Lloyd Parry
Dancer: Harper Danns
Stylists: Elysha Ram & Jane Clappison @ Gemma Kirk Agency
Producer: Michael Lill
Editor: Sam Wiehl
Shot at The Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool
Commissioner: Theresa Adebiyi for Ninja Tune
A Dense Truth Production
As Forest Swords, UK producer Matthew Barnes makes murky, genre-agnostic music that sounds like it would be playing during some mystical ancient ritual. After nearly four years of silence, Barnes returned a few weeks ago with new single “The Highest Flood,” and now he’s announced that it’s part of a whole new album titled Compassion, which will be followed later this year by a number of multidisciplinary projects spanning the fields of contemporary dance, performance art, and film.
The announcement comes with a new song called “Arms Out,” an almost-instrumental that smears its drones and rhythms with indecipherable vocals and climaxes with a transcendent orchestral arrangement. The video, directed by Sam Wiehl and Barnes himself, depicts what appears to an actual mystical ancient ritual, and, like many of the best Forest Swords videos, it centers largely on a single dancer. -- Stereogum