Drummer and composer Sébastien Forrester has previously been known as Holy Strays.
More than a year after his last release under the moniker, he is back with Brontide, his first full-length under his own name in the form of a series of EPs, through Paris-based label Nowadays Records (Fakear, La Fine Équipe, Sekuoia).
The first one is due out June 30th 2017.
‘Brontide’ EP1 embodies the producer’s obsessive hunt for his own, lost folklore. ‘EXAST’ sees Forrester embroidering around a straight beat and exploring his deep love for trance and repetition while ‘HWYL / HOWL’ is a relentless drum piece that draws on his personal experience as a percussionist in a marching band and refuses to still. ‘Fatal Stamp’, as caressing as aggressive at times, hesitates between frenetic tom blasts and medieval grandeur. ‘Foyer’, the closer, is a haunting ballad featuring vocals by his close friend and collaborator Fawkes, who has recently appeared on Rabit’s Halcyon Veil imprint and Jlin’s last album ‘Black Origami’.
Hear HWYL/HOWL above.