Forest Swords Shares New Video, Announces EU & NA Fall Tour Dates, New Album out Next Week On Ninja Tune

Forest Swords, aka Merseyside producer Matthew Barnes, returns with “Panic,” the third track to be lifted from forthcoming album Compassion, out May 5th via Ninja Tune, and announces headlining fall European and North American live tour dates.

The track journeys between a rumbling cello loop, chiming bells and clattering beat, pulling in a reworked northern soul sample for the track’s ecstatic hook. It is accompanied by a video directed by Barnes and AV collaborator Sam Wiehl, produced by Barnes' new experimental creative studio Dense Truth.

Most of the tracks on Compassion were started in quite a heavy place but all managed to move towards the light the longer I worked on them. ‘Panic’ is the point where tension and stress boils over into a sort of euphoria.
— Matthew Barnes on 'Panic'

NA Fall Tour Dates

Nov 14: Good Room - NYC, US

Nov 15: Lincoln Hall - Chicago, US

Nov 18: Echo - Los Angeles, US


EU Fall Tour Dates

Sept 21: Atlas - Aarhus, Denmark

Sept 22: Jazzhouse - Copenhagen, Denmark

Sept 23: Sodra Teatern -Stockholm, Sweden

Sept 26: Berghain -Berlin, Germany

Sept 27: UT Connewitz -Leipzig, Germany

Sept 28: Meet Factory - Prague, Czech

Sept 29: Waves - Vienna, Austria

Sept 30: Dürer Kert - Budapest, Hungary

Oct 02: Drugstore - Belgrade, Serbia

Oct 03: Mocvara - Zagreb, Croatia

Oct 04: Kino Siska - Ljubljana, Slovenia

Oct 06: Locomotiv - Bologna, Italy

Oct 07: FAB - Prato, Italy

Oct 08: Lanificio 25 - Naples, Italy

Oct 10: Dachstock - Bern, Switzerland

Oct 11: Rote Fabrik - Zurich, Switzerland

Oct 12: Uebel & Gefährlich - Hamburg, Germany

Oct 13: Bitterzoet - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Oct 14: Badaboum - Paris, France

Oct 16: The Lantern - Bristol, UK

Oct 18: Village Underground - London, UK

Oct 19: The Haunt - Brighton, UK

Oct 20: Headrow House - Leeds, UK

Oct 21: Gorilla - Manchester, UK

Oct 25: Teatr Warsawy - Warsaw, Poland

Oct 27: Six Dogs - Athens, Greece

Oct 28: Salon ISKV - Istanbul, Turkey

Nov 29: GNRation - Braga, Portugal

Nov 30: ZDB - Lisbon, Portugal

Dec 01: Caracol - Madrid, Spain