212. Forest Swords - ‘Engravings’ + Cunningham

Forest Swords - ‘Engravings’ + Cunningham

Ingredients: 1 1/2 ounces Dewar’s White Label Scotch, 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice, 1/2 ounce fresh blood orange juice, 1/4 ounce Bénédictine D.O.M. liqueur, 1/4 ounce Cherry Heering Liqueur.

Mixing Instructions: Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into a chilled coupe glass.

Notes: Music has the startling ability to create a world simply by the way it arranges sounds in the ear of the listener.  Of course, various time periods are tied directly to the unique sound and style of music that they produced, but aside from historical relationships, the right combination of notes can conjure a scene as vivid as the pen could for Shakespeare.  

UK producer, Matthew Barnes, created his masterful sophomore album at his home in North West England and the sound and visual scenes created in the mind of the listener reflect its geographic origins.  Cold, shadowy, Nordic-like beats and instrumentation support the structure of an ambient album that feels like exactly what a master storyteller would create alone in a small cabin, deep in the European woods.  This album is winter.  Epic.  Solitude.  Layered.  And it’s one of the best albums of 2013.

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