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NME, 19th August 2006 by Jamie Crossan:
“If you like things all twinkly and nice then this (The A Forest) is the band for you. They play lovely, stripped-down electronica.” (extract from a short piece on the ‘Dundee scene’ around the time of View-mania).

Is This Music, 8th December 2007 by Robin Murray: {link}
“Ethereal, Liz Fraser vocals abound in The A Forest, their twinkling electronica enough to soothe the most violent of tempers.”

Reviews of “Out of The Rain”

Blowgun:
“Ahead of the release of their forthcoming debut album, and a glimpse of the delights in store, ‘Out Of The Rain’ is a sidestep for the Dundee Forest; stripped down and minimal, the track less resembles their trademark Silver Mt. Zion-esque soundscapes and more the cut-up electronica of The Books or Jimmy Tamborello. A gorgeous vocal, stuttering drums, twinkly things, lilting and sad. A band that sticks out a mile from their local contemporaries; music for films and sweet dreams.” [8/10]

Reviews of “Dans L’aide Du Lévrier Retraité”

The List, 19-26th August 2004 [Single of the Week] by Doug Johnstone:
“Franz Ferdinand…head and shoulders above almost everything here. But not Mercury Tilt Switch and The A Forest. The two Dundee bands’ split single, ‘Get Ready For The Trench Run’/’Dans L’aide Du Levrier Retraite’ (Too Many Fireworks) [4/5] shows just how much vibrant, varied tunesmithery is coming out of Scotland. The former is a collapsing mayhem of angular At The Drive-In shrieks, the latter is a bittersweet dreamscape of breathy Stereolab romance. Single of the week, naturally.”

Drowned In Sound, 23rd August 2004 by Colin Weston: {link}
“…As for The A Forest, that is a whole different kettle of fish. From the brash in-your-face approach of MTS, these guys and girls are like the soundtrack to a dream with brush-on-cymbal drumming over a gentle, echoing keyboard in the background, and the soft female vocals are (from what I can make out) entirely in gaelic. The fact is, while it’s nice enough in its own right, it just seems out of place when up against MTS.” [4/5]

Is This Music?, Issue 12: September 2004 by Stuart McHugh:
“…by complete contrast, The A Forest give some fey breathless moody electronic-powered acoustica, and a rather fine tune to boot.”

Is This Music?, Issue 13: Winter 2004 by Seonaid Masson:
“…In theory it’s a jigsaw that’s been badly put together but in reality it’s a magnificent noise that sets the band apart from every other band in this fair city. The debut single ‘Dans L’aide Du Lévrier Retraité’ sounds like the devil’s folk song…” (extract from a live review).

Norman Records, Weekly Review: 24th September 2004 by Brian: {link}
“It’s the child in me I know but whenever I type Mercury Tilt Switch I always get the urge to omit the ‘L’ for some reason. Too many years reading Viz I’m afraid. This band, it seems, are only capable of releasing split records with other bands. The other band in this case are The A Forest, not named after The Cure tune, surely? What next? The Friday I’m In Loves? The Jumping Someone Else’s Trains? For fucks sake. Anyway the Tit side is noisy emo-ish indie & The forest side is in French so they lose even though It’s a really nice tune sung by a sweet sounding lass & whatnot. Sorry for being arsey but Paul Draper (Mansun)’s whining voice is still reverberating around my head like the donkey from Shrek. Hmmmm.”

Losing Today, 23rd April 2005 by Mark Barton: {link}
“Flip over the disc to be greeted by the distinctly contrasting sound of The A Forest. ‘Dans l’aide du levrier retraite’ charms its way into your air space almost like an apparition, frail and frosty sounding, sparsely beautiful it has to be said yet maintaining that same initial impression brought about when first hearing ‘Waxen Wane’ by the Cocteau Twins and ‘Geek Love’ by Bang Bang Machine drifting from the speakers of the old dusty radio set one late and dark evening courtesy of the late John Peel’s night time show. While it might lack the force and grandeur of the latter there’s something numbingly arresting about the way the vocals sweetly caress almost siren like as though your stepping from what passes for realism into something picture book albeit pastel shaded. Ultimately though its perhaps the quieter and more reflective moments found nuzzling between the bitter sweet angst of Melys’ back catalogue that many of you folk may nod approvingly and agree it shares an affinity with. A daunting split release and of course essential. Limited to 500 copies and no doubt selling by the bucket load if there’s any justice out there.”

Stay Fun, by Steven McCarron: {link}
“…Alternatively there is The A Forest with ‘Dans L’aide Du Lévrier Retraité’, which is poles apart from MTS. Gone is the fury, replaced by beautifully relaxing sounds that bewitch and hypnotize you. As it fades in, you could be forgiven for thinking it was Yo La Tengo in one of their recent quiet moods thanks to those synths. At least until the almost ethereal female vocal enters and sweeps the song up to another level of your imagination. It’s simply a magnificent soundscape, and it feels like a long time since a band from Scotland has created something so lovely in this genre. It was even tempting to break out a Cocteau Twins comparison, but I’ll leave The A Forest with something more to work towards.”

Friends Of The Heroes, Issue 94: January 2005 by Johnny Mac:
“…Flip the vinyl and you will find yourself in come down wonderland. The A Forest were the reason that I rooted out this record, and I certainly wasn’t let down. In an ethereally Stereolabby kind of way they caress the senses and soothe away the rigours of life. I don’t profess to understand the lyrics, it seems that ‘A’-Level French was mightily successful in Eastern Scotland, but in that same way an instrumental can set the scene, the vocal tracks here evoke scenes of tranquillity that are hard to ignore. Think dreamy, think gentle luscious scented breezes, think overwhelming calm and you’re halfway there, add in vocal lines that Elizabeth Fraser would kill for and you have hit the nail on the head.
They say that music is often a reflection of your surroundings, if that is the case then Mercury Tilt Switch and The A Forest must be living at completely opposite ends of Dundee. Their respective offerings may be wildly different, but they both have one obvious theme running through them, and that is the fact that here are two bands, not from a popular place, embracing their intellectual and musical sensibilities and serving up two fantastic audible moments.
I implore you to listen; it’s your New Year promise.”

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