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

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.

Voivod – The Wake

In the world we have, it’s more than enough that they are still here, both in form and in memory, waiting all the time to be embraced by those who know and lying in wait for the next person to discover them.

Jaye Jayle – No Trail and Other Unholy Paths

There is no doubt that it will stand any test that time decides to throw at it because it already sounds older than it could ever be.

Cody Carpenter and Mark Day – Shadow Spirits Vol.. 1

It makes perfect sense to fans such as myself – and handily, people like Cody Carpenter and Mark Day who have the means and the talent do something about it – to keep the nerd flame burning.

Calibro 35 – Decade

Of course there’s a foot in decades past, however the other one’s way ahead of us leaving us to sit here in the middle enjoying their work. 

Dead Cross – Dead Cross EP

As with before, Dead Cross will either fill or clear rooms depending on whose house you happen to pop this on. That’s the whole fun of it.

Echo Collective Plays Amnesiac

It’s right that – once again – a quintessentially album-based band has an (almost) entire album covered in one go.  It feels right that the ideas explored in a fairly challenging album are picked apart and reworked.  And yes, it even feels right that it’s sometimes a bit fiddly to initially get to grips with.

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