Si Forster

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Been writing about music for about eight years or so, 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

John Carpenter – Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998

Sometimes we look for the poetic and romantic side of horror as it appeals to our taste for the gothic and nostalgic.  Sometimes though, all we want to see is Alice Cooper stabbing someone to death with a bicycle.  Welcome to John Carpenter country.

Clint Mansell – Loving Vincent

It seems that every score that Clint Mansell puts his name on and heart into is labelled as a masterpiece. He has set his own bar incredibly and beautifully high with Loving Vincent.

Mark Lanegan Band – Still Life With Roses (Gargoyle Remixes)

The result is not unlike the second half of New Order’s Substance compilation where their journey from Joy Division’s grieving to True Faith’s celebration is cheerfully tinkered with.

Mark Lanegan – I Am the Wolf: Lyrics and Writings

It fills in little gaps of his musical history while creating more unanswered questions, and this is weirdly more satisfying than having the whole story parked in front of us.

The Doomed Bird of Providence – Burrowed Into The Soft Sky

The imagery that they put across of the colonial settling of Australia, had they put all of this into words in the time the music occupies, would have possibly seen them hanged for sedition for portraying a new life in the colonies in as bleak and visceral a light as possible.

Mary Epworth – Elytral

The whole thing taken in one go can feel like someone’s connected Robin Hardy’s Wicker Man to the National Grid without first asking permission.

Ellis Cage – White Sands Harbor, 1984 and Synaxis

They are both markedly different to each other thanks to their instrumentation and subject matter, but even the two themes of science and religion don’t keep White Sands Harbour, 1984 and Synaxis far apart in the universe that Ellis Cage has created.

Sweet Apple – Sing the Night in Sorrow

Sing the Night in Sorrow lifts spirits, adds shade to memories and is just such a bloody hoot to listen to.

Dead Cross – Dead Cross

The band have picked up all the best bits from everything they love from the scene (and others), turned it inside out, added new stuff and then forced it upon us as hard as they could. There are absolutely no complaints from me about that.

tenebrous LIAR – the cut

There’s a slightly distorted unreality to what goes on that makes experiencing this record both beautiful and uncomfortable, depending on how you want to take it in.

Moby and the Pacific Void Choir – More Fast Songs About the Apocalypse

to be honest if you listen to this and don’t feel the need to try to make a difference, or give a small amount to someone who is in a better position to do so, then this record isn’t for you

Kreol Lovecall – Jangle and Chime

This is all stuff that means a lot to the performer, and hopefully to the rest of us.

Echoes and Dust Guide to Mark Lanegan

Of course this list is incorrect. The following guide will probably do more to confuse new listeners and annoy longstanding fans alike.

The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse

Far from a document of the dead, The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse is mostly a celebration of a life spent making friends, peers and fans happy.

Mark Lanegan Band – Gargoyle

Mark Lanegan continues to refuse to stand still and do anything that’s expected of him, and while he continues to do this at such a consistently high standard, long may he continue to do whatever the hell he feels like.

Emma Ruth Rundle & Jaye Jayle – The Time Between Us

The sign of a good split record is the blend of “come for what you know, stay for what you don’t”, and The Time Between Us is an excellent example of this.

Ellis Cage – Vinculum

Vinculum certainly helps with the vague understanding that staring up at the night sky is something that takes in an incomprehensibly huge amount of, well, space.

Duke Garwood – Manchester Deaf Institute, 12/02/2017

A great set from the person I came to see, and eyes opened up to those who I hadn’t. Nights out are rarely so complete.

Duke Garwood

“As a musicianeer and, I suppose, some kind of entertainer, it is my job to provide nourishment for the soul. And so, I dig deep, deep in the well, to find the sweetest waters, and bring them up uncorrupted.” Si Forster talks to Duke Garwood about his new album & the current state of the world.

Duke Garwood – Garden of Ashes

Duke Garwood is angry. Garden of Ashes is his Angry Album. Duke being Duke though, this is all filtered through various channels and processes before the end result appears as a mostly laid-back, calm and beguiling piece of work

The Angelus – There Will Be No Peace

This is a band who are well aware of their local musical heritage and continue to push it onward and upward, even if the onward and upward mood described by these guys is of a Sisyphean bent.

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