Thistle Sifter is an ambient instrumental post-rock project by English musician Pete Barnes. The Forgotten Man is the first track to be released from second album Circles, due for release on Friday 26th January 2024 both digitally and on vinyl.
The Forgotten Man represents the various struggles Barnes has been through in the last couple of years, after being literally catapulted into disarray by a serious cycling accident in November 2020. Injuries arising from this accident forced him to put his life on hold and reassess, resulting in a somewhat dysfunctional existence, as well as a growing sense of dislocation from many aspects of his life which had previously been taken for granted.
A primal pull to be in the UK furthered this sense of dislocation and isolation. Barnes was restricted by his physical inability to travel, a situation which was made even more untenable by a worldwide pandemic as well as Brexit.
Feelings of being lost are recurring themes on Circles. Post concussion syndrome symptoms forced Barnes to live a secluded life out of necessity, and during this time music became the ideal therapy. The result is a powerful ambient instrumental record inspired by Brexit, Covid and the difficult, ongoing path to Barnes’ recovery.
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