The Italian shoegaze/post-punk trio Be Forest has released their new album ‘Knocturne’ via Italian-American label collective We Were Never Being Boring. This is the bands’ first new album since 2014’s ‘Earthbeat’. ‘Knocturne’ is the band’s most moody, beguiling and mesmerizing effort to date, which spawned a string of critically-acclaimed tracks, including Atto I, and the album’s two official singles, Bengala and Gemini.
Be Forest enlisted Steve Scanu to assist with production and mixing duties and mastering came courtesy of Josh Bonati (Mac DeMarco, Zola Jesus, David Lynch). The songs navigate the cryptic courses between worlds like the airy and inverted Empty Space, or the cinematic duality of doppelgangers on Gemini, to film-style scores inspired by Kafka-esque stories as heard on K. Sinewy subterranean soundtracks for film thrillers not yet made can be heard on Sigfrido, which then returns the listening audience to the second and suspenseful movement of Atto II.
‘Knocturne’ is a song cycle that commiserates with our own collective international uncertainty and unease of these current times, bringing breaks in the luster of night—like the fractured Fragment—with the shining beacons of aural light at the end of the tunnel like the first official single Bengala, to the dream portrait closer You, Nothing. Be Forest is officially back with their most ambitious and atmospheric album yet… those seeking the tangible terrain and audio designed environments of their previous releases are in for a mind, spirit and emotional awakening.
In support of the album, the band will be hitting the road for a US tour. Check out the tour dates below.
Upcoming Be Forest tour dates
3/08 – New York, NY – Pianos (The New Colossus Festival)
3/09 – New York, NY – Coney Island Baby (The New Colossus Festival)
3/12 – Austin, TX – Barracuda (Part Time Punks SXSW Showcase)
3/13 – Austin, TX – The Velveeta Room (WWNBB SXSW Showcase)
3/14 – Austin, TX – The Catherine
3/16 – Austin, TX – (WWNBB’s 10th Anniversary Boat Party)
3/17 – St Louis, MO – Gaslight
3/18 – Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club #
3/19 – Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle #
3/20 – Minneapolis, MN – Kitty Kat Club
3/22 – Denver, CO – 7th Circle Music Collective
3/23 – Boise, ID – Treefort Music Fest
3/27 – Seattle, WA – Lo Fi Performance Gallery
3/29 – Oakland, CA – Starline Social Club
3/30 – San Diego, CA – Tower Bar
3/31 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echoplex
4/03 – Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere
# – with Lightfoils
+ more to be announced!