Dense Truth is a label and creative studio featuring projects by multidisciplinary collaborators.

Zurkas Tepla
Bank Robber / In The Same Car

LTD EDITION CASSETTE / DL / SPOTIFY
Out April 6
TJRUTH004

A debut release from deepest Moscow's most intriguing producer – Zurkas Tepla's double sided, dual-colour cassette delves in with a murky concept piece about a bank robbery, loosely based on Nezumi-Kozo (nicknamed 'Jirokichi the Rat'), an ancient Japanese thief and folk hero. Exploring disintegrating electronics, blurry samples and negative space beats, 'Bank Robber's immersive sound and visual world encapsulates the wild paranoia, heightened headspace and messy adrenaline myth-making of a heist in first person. Spin-off piece 'In The Same Car', set in 1990s Russian vehicles, investigates memory and reality structures via deep sound and smeared micro-melodies.

Pre-order physical/digital at Bandcamp.
Read Zurkas' full release statement here.

Events
Saturday 08 April
Dense Truth curated by Forest Swords @ Ancienne Belgique, Brussels

Forest Swords, Oliver Coates, Nidia Minaj, Shopping, Cakes Da Killa, Roger Robinson + Disrupt, Felicia Atkinson, Dan Hayhurst, Shrine.
Tickets + info
FS Discography
Forest Swords
Shrine: Original Dance Score
Digital
Bandcamp
Spotify
Physical
Webstore
Forest Swords
Engravings (Tri Angle)
Digital
Bandcamp
Spotify
Physical
Webstore
Forest Swords
Dagger Paths EP
Digital
Bandcamp
Spotify
Physical
Webstore
Forest Swords
Fjree Feather EP
Digital
Bandcamp
Spotify
Physical
Webstore
Projects
Shrine: A Solo Dance Performance
Commissioned by arts organisation Metal, 'Shrine' is a solo dance piece devised and scored by Forest Swords. Performed by Owen Ridley-Demonick, choreographed/costumed by Carmel Koster and with lighting design by Venya Krutikov. Premiered in Liverpool before travelling to The Hague and a show at the Museum of London, much of the show's score is made up breath and body sounds, processed and sequenced to create claustrophobic texture and physical rhythm.
Collaborators / Personnel
Carmel Koster
Owen Ridley-Demonick
Venya Krutikov
Shaun Curtis
Jon Hall
Boiler Room
Info
Premiered at the Black-E in Liverpool, January 2016. Broadcast online via Boiler Room. Original score released via Dense Truth.
Ground Rhythms
A series of auto-destructive pieces that explores the idea of 'active listening', Ground Rhythms takes the spaces left by demolished buildings to create new works. These are then performed once in front of an audience and destroyed, or destroy themselves. For Abandon Normal Devices festival in Liverpool, the tracks – based on field recordings of spaces left by the city's David Lewis Theatre, The Overhead Railway and The Sailor's Home – were cut to fragile X-Ray film by Andrew Ellis and Ted Riederer. Inspired by the Soviet era techniques of disseminating banned music via hand-cut disks, the X-Rays were so fragile that they degraded and destroyed themselves whilst being played through.
Collaborators / Personnel
Andrew Ellis – Samizdat
Nathan Jones – Mercy
Ted Riederer
Info
Featured at Abandon Normal Devices, Liverpool and AV Festival, Newcastle.
In The Robot Skies
'In The Robot Skies' is a film project by Liam Young, an architect who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures. An hour-long film piece made entirely with drone footage, part specially-filmed and part using found footage, the piece was premiered live at the BFI London Film Festival 2016 and features a score written by Forest Swords.
Collaborators / Personnel
Liam Young
Info
An edited section of the film was shown as part of Channel 4's 'Random Acts' series.
The Language of Dreams
'The Language of Dreams' was a collaborative exhibition featuring work by artist/designers Leif Podhajsky and Eva Papamargariti. 'Untitled' by Forest Swords soundtracked the moving image section of the exhibition during its run at London's Hoxton Gallery in early 2016.
Collaborators / Personnel
Leif Podhajsky
Eva Papamargariti
Info
Held as part of the Red Bull Studio Collectives series.
Additional

Massive Attack x Young Fathers
He Says He Needs Me
Production / additional writing

How To Dress Well
Cold Nites
Production / Additional writing

Forest Swords
Hood
Commissioned piece for the 'Assassin's Creed: Rogue' video game

Forest Swords
Story
Score for 'Those Jungle Books' short film by Yours Truly / Ray Ban
Contact
For further information about projects or commissions contact Tom King – tom@giantmenmanagement.com.