Forest Swords (a.k.a Merseyside producer Matthew Barnes) has returned with a two-track single in aid of hurricane and earthquake relief work in Puerto Rico and Mexico.

“Congregate” b/w “Free” comes four months after the release of his album Compassion. The beatless tracks, recorded during the Compassion album sessions in early 2017, take the sonic palette of the full-length and strip it back to a more meditative, textural place.

Main track “Congregate” is based around brooding, mutated choral chants while “Free,” originally a Compassion Japanese bonus track, takes distorted saxophone and weaving melodies into unsettling dreamlike territories. A self-directed visual for “Congregate” featuring the work of origami artist Fynn Jackson is available to view above.

The tracks are available to stream and download now, with proceeds going towards ongoing and future aid work following the devastating hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and this month’s earthquake in Mexico.


01. Congregate
02. Free