The throbbing, trip-hop feel to the opening moments of the song set the scene for a brooding and sometimes emotionally bruising few minutes. The rhythmic feel to the repeated refrain ‘I was falling down the forest and falling down the’ which adds to that air of impending menace that pervades not just the lyrics but the tight, stripped-down arrangement and melody. A song that weaves elements of Middle Eastern and Celtic melodies into a very Nordic musical sensibility, Forest is both pleasing to the ear and an adventurous musical fusion.
Forest and Stills by Gili Portal are out now and available to stream or download on all major platforms including Spotify. Be sure to check out Gili Portal on her Facebook and Instagram socials for news about the album, upcoming gigs and much more.