Si Forster

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Been writing about music since 2010, mostly as sole writer (and reader) for the now defunct 6 Days From Tomorrow after discovering that doing so was a lot more fun than the rubbish I’m actually paid to do most of the time.Nothing much else to say really, other than Hi, hope you’re having a lovely day and that maybe tomorrow, I’ll want to settle down.

Articles by Si Forster

Thor & Friends – 3 and 4

This is a work of collaboration and co-operation at its purest and finest, and perfect for a time when such gatherings of talent and ideas are currently the stuff of mere memory.

Ed Harcourt – Monochrome To Colour

Where the world is seeming to shrink, this record expands. Where we become more isolated, this album both empathises and reaches out to include.

Mark Lanegan Band and IYEARA – Another Knock at the Door

A genuinely whole new way to listen to Mark Lanegan

Miles Brown – The Gateway

Gleefully bridging the neon and the otherworldly to provide something unique and – yes – fun

Alain Johannes – Hum

Alain sees and hears that which others cannot, and he also has an incredible multi-instrumental skill with which to bring his visions and ideas to life.

Mansur – Temple

Deftly combining East, West and Middle in a heady procession of the electronic and the orchestral, calm and urgency that goes beyond the merely cinematic.

Danzig – Danzig Sings Elvis

It’s a labour of love evident in the song choices and performance and if it sometimes feels a bit indulgent, then good.

The Doomed Bird of Providence – Rumbling Clouds of War Hover over Us

at first glance it may well feel a bit strange to want to take in a lonely series of instrumentals documenting an incredibly dark period of history.  But there is light in here also.

Duke Garwood and Paul May – The Bliss of Myth

If you’re skating around the edges and want to know what the fuss is all about then this serves both as a gentle introduction and a sampler for the wider universe that is Duke Garwood’s music

Mark Lanegan – Sing Backwards and Weep: A Memoir

This is a mostly brutal yet surprisingly often touching look back to a time about which he’s never previously felt like talking about before, and probably with good reason.

Smoke Fairies – Out of the Woods / Disconnect 7″

Their characteristic melancholy is bolstered by a harder edge that is a progression from their more “recent” material (ie, about 5 years ago – they’ve been away a while)

Kronos Quartet / Terry Riley – Sun Rings

Sometimes frightening, sometimes frightened, sometimes joyous, it matches the universe’s own predisposition for creating patterns and sense within a vast space.

Materia Collective – Menu

Its very nature ensures that everything on here is a labour of love so even the most unfamiliar tracks from games you may well hate come across with the biggest heart.

Various Artists – Tiny Changes: A Celebration of Frightened Rabbit’s ‘The Midnight Organ Fight’

It’s OK to feel loss, anguish and love here, because that’s what everyone else is doing.

Not Waving & Dark Mark – Downwelling

Hopefully this is part of a longer journey between the two artists as Downwelling creates a calmly psychedelic world well worth revisiting.

Nastie Band – S/T

Nastie Band certainly live up to their Art-Doom epithet by easily managing to be both, usually at the same time.

The Quiet Temple – S/T

It is certainly not a jazz record, but in taking those sensibilities, rhythms, instrumentation and execution it’s perhaps forgivable to say that it might be – or at least might have been at some point.

Malcolm Middleton – Bananas

Pretty much everyone who will buy into Bananas will feel an understanding and a kinship in here, thanks to an overarching warmth and a welcoming space in which to empathise, clap along to, or just sing along with the sweary bits. 

The Summer Kills – Last Night We Became Swans

Things that felt closer, stronger and warmer in Summer now feel distant, fragile and colder.  But there is also more time and different stars in the sky to bring about contemplation instead of urgency, calm instead of passion and a whole different sort of beauty and joy to be found wherever you look.  This is all displayed perfectly within this record.

Matt Berry and the Maypoles – Television Themes

Most of this will mean little to most people, and possibly nothing to some depending on age and geographical status.  I don’t care, and everyone else who listens to this and is instantly transported back to a childhood that didn’t completely exist won’t care what you think either.

Less Bells – Solifuge

A heady mix of mindfulness, memory and drama and the end result is a record which, once absorbed and contemplated, demands to be simply heard and enjoyed.

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