All the geeky shit aside, Royal Forest is incredibly listenable. Vocal melodies are memorable, imbued with the infective charm of some serious pop sensibilities. Lyrics are poured over for the sounds of words as much as their meaning, creating little tone poems decorated by meticulously cherry picked performances and happy accidents.
Royal Forest's latest album, Waiting Drum, is a vivid visual and sonic experience. Written and recorded to tape over two days in an 80 year old Arkansas farmhouse, Americana imagery is woven between 808s played by hand and melodic West African and Brazilian inspired bass lines. The stark contrast between crisp, hi-fi digital instruments and warbly vintage tape echoes gives the record a cinematic depth that’s underscored by the minimalist approach of its production.
Waiting Drum is available August 28th via King Electric Record Company.