Best hold the proverbial Friday press, for a certain Liverpudlian lesser known as Matt Barnes just deigned to unhand the gripping return of Forest Swords. Entitled Thor’s Stone, bold a statement as this might sound in light of the idiosyncratic brilliance intrinsic to much of 2010 extended-play Dagger Paths, it might just be his best yet as stark twangs drafted in from a distant exotic meet with the muggy undertones of suburban discontent. A recording as initially introspective as it is eventually uninhibited and nocturnally initiated, it’s a work of impressively textured contrast – that and this; now and then; never and again. And as such, it’s alluringly exempt from time, place, and pointless categorisation. Explicitly spectacular, if reservedly so.