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The Forgotten Man


New single To Kingdom Come is out now and premiering on music blog Cvltartes.

The track is the second single to be released from new album Circles, following The Forgotten Man. Read more about the new album and upcoming release show on Idioteq.com.

Circles will be released on Friday 26th January 2024.

A special audiovisual release show will take place on Saturday 27th January 2024 at De Nijverheid in Utrecht (NL), together with our friends in Moonwatch.



Thistle Sifter is an ambient instrumental post-rock project by English musician Pete Barnes (Utrecht, NL). New album Circles is the follow-up to 2022’s debut A Spectral Moon, based on a serious cycling accident that literally catapulted Barnes into disarray in November 2020. Circles is inspired by personal struggles with health, acceptance and letting go of the past. The result is a powerful ambient instrumental record inspired by Brexit, Covid and the difficult, ongoing path to Barnes’ recovery.

“An ethereal and almost spiritual journey” – The Sounds Won’t Stop (US)
“Unique soundscapes and fascinating ambience” – Post-Rock Central (UK)
“For fans of calm, ambient-oriented post-rock” – AM:plified Magazine (DE)
“A Spectral Moon is a hauntingly beautiful debut” – Luminous Dash (BE)
“Cinematic and fairytale-esque” – 3voor12 Utrecht (NL)