No label was willing to take a risk on ‘Last Saloon Swagger,’ but Punch Drunk wasn’t going to let that happen again, finding a slot on Punch Drunk, the experimental dubstep label in 2007, with releases ranging from symphonic-Alicia Keys anthem of Gatekeeper’s ‘Let Go’ to the brittle melody of Peverelist’s ‘Die Brucke.’
Forsaken’s new single follows the label’s contorted vision of dubstep. In fact, ‘Boat Noodles’ sounds a whole lot more like folktronica before the bass settles into dubstep’s familiar warble. Anchored by the warping and texturing of a strummed guitar, ‘Boat Noodles’ weaves in ghostly vocals and bass—often puncturing the best moments of the track. Although ‘Boat Noodles’ is just as insistent as the best dubstep, Forsaken’s strummed guitar disarms rather than overwhelms.
Forsaken’s remix of the Peverelist’s ‘Erstwhile Rhythm’ on the flip takes the original’s sinewy and melancholic melody and puffs it out, doubling up and twisting the original’s askew chimes. The troughs of ‘Erstwhile…’ are flattened in this remix, turning the track into a sleepwalker that slowly cascades forward.