“Forest Fire recall the coterie of bands who either worked with Dave Fridmann or
took cues from his production tactics in the late 1990s and early ’00s– groups that created
studio-intensive, computerized folk that interacted with electronics while still being wary of their effect on human nature.” – Pitchfork
“The upcoming LP Screens has been recorded with an outside engineer in a studio for the first time, making their washed-out sound more focused than ever before.” – The Line Of Best Fit
Listen: “Alone With The Wires” via Stereogum or
Stereogum has premiered a stream of Forest Fire’s new track “Alone With The Wires” from the band’s forthcoming album Screens out September 10 on FatCat. The track is also available to post and share via SoundCloud. Screens is available for pre-order now at Insound and Forest Fire has just announced a Brooklyn record release show which will take place on October 5 at Glasslands.
New York City’s Forest Fire, led by vocalist/songwriter Mark Thresher, return this fall with Screens. With their third full-length, Forest Fire – now the quartet of Thresher, Natalie Stormann, Galen Bremer, and Robert Pounding – have found it.
“It” has been hinted at in previous releases – e.g. the howling languor of “Slow Motion”, from the band’s debut Survival (named one of Rough Trade Shops’ top album of the year for 2010), or vitreous mid-tempo dejection ballad “The News” from 2011’s FatCat issued Staring at the X (“You won’t get far,” Thresher sang, “with that look in your eyes”) – but Screens is pure lightning.
After some lineup adjustments that left the band leaner and more centered, Forest Fire partnered with engineer Jonathan Schenke (Parquet Courts, Dirty Beaches) possibilities they’d before only touched on, and to enable their new songs to breathe and stretch out.
That stretching out is quite literal in the case of album centerpiece “Annie,” an eleven- minute track that is wide but not sprawling, buoyed by motorik lope and ornate synths, that the band acknowledges owes a debt to the late ’70s output of not only Kraftwerk but Yoko Ono, Joy Division, Laurie Anderson, and their ilk; Sandy Skoglund’s iconic 1977 photograph Pink Sink is the cover.
From its darker, sparser, sonic landscapes, obsession with analog instrumentation, and movement-focused, heavily metaphorical lyrics, Screens finds Forest Fire hewing to this mood. But for all the record’s gratitude to the past, its aesthetic is just as much forward-looking, able to embrace the sunrise hooks of anthemic album opener “Waiting in the Night” and the Suicide-spooky synth-drone of “Cold Kind” as easily as “Alone with the Wires”‘s jangly stride and Leonard Cohen-frosted vocal delivery.
Screens Track List
2. Yellow Roses
5. Cold Kind
8. The Great Wall
9. Alone with the Wires
10. Never Far
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