DecibelCast Vol. 17 “We All Fall Down” Mixtape


This latest dBCast, which completes our triage of melancholic mixes (we promise the next one will be happy), is an ode to the final days of Autumn—that time of year when the air is crisp, the nights are long and we’re all recovering from /gearing up for being around our families.

The back story on this one is that I came across these great compilations of weird, psychedelic and vaguely sad folk music from the early 1970s called Acid Folk, which, totally inform the mix—even if only a few of the songs made it to the final tracklist. As far as what else made the cut, there’s a bunch of stuff from 2013, much of which you will probably recognize if you read this blog. I’ve been really digging the oddball library music-inspired sounds of British imprint Ghost Box of late, so I included some tracks from The Advisory Circle, Pye Corner Audio and The Learning Center.  And then there are the songs with Autumn-sounding names and also, some random odds and ends from the past: the lo-fi jangle pop of Cleaners from Venus, and this amazing Chilean rock supergroup from the late ’70s, Boddega, that I stumbled upon—shit, there’s even a Donavon song in there.

Hope you enjoy.

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Yo La Tengo – “Autumn Sweater”

My Bloody Valentine – “New You”

Salvia Plath – “House of Leaves”

Kelley Stoltz – “Your Face”

Maston – “Looks”

The Advancement – “Stone Folk”

Ghostface & Adrian Younge – “An Unexpected Call (Instrumental)”

King Krule – “Ocean Floor”

Cleaners From Venus – “Only a Shadow”

Boddega – “Dame Tu Amor (Give Me Your Love)”

Vashti Bunyan – “Rose Hip November”

The Advisory Circle – “Innocence Elsewhere”

Forest Swords – “An Hour”

The Low Frequency in Stereo – “Secondhand Nation”

Forest Fire – “Alone With the Wires”

Sparklehorse – “Don’t Take My Sunshine Away”

Donovan – “Get Thy Bearings”

Listening Center with Pye Corner Audio – “Titoli”

Young Fathers – “I Heard”

The Pastels – “Kicking Leaves”

Bry Webb – “Rivers of Gold”

Robert Gebelein – “In Search of Something”

Mark Fry – “Song for the Wild”

Forest Swords – “Engravings”


Mathew Barnes, who records as Forest Swords, turned more than a few heads back in 2010 when he dropped his Dagger Paths EP on an unsuspecting world.

Having mostly kept a low profile in the time since, he re-appeared around a month ago with the release of his full length debut, Engravings, via the ever consistent (almost annoyingly so) Tri Angle Records.

As with his prior output, Engravings  showcases a distinguished blend of electronic dub, stoner rock and trip-hop.   Masterfully creating music that is distinctly atmospheric and  strongly emotive, and yet is decidedly simplistic (think Burial), Forest Swords transports us deep into a fantastical sonic realm.

His moody productions spread out across the stereo field like fog over some vast dismal swamp. Ghostly synthetic melodies, often conjuring foreign lands, drift through the ether. Basslines coagulate and then lumber along, bolted to cavernous-sounding drums.  Vinyl hisses and disembodied guitars, clang against strange metallic noises that reverberate away, dub-style, into nothingness. Vocals are used minimally, wordless and warped, the humanity wrung from them.

This one is going to be on more than a few end-of-year lists.

Forest Swords – “The Weight of Gold”

And here are older tracks:

Forest Swords – “Miracles”