Every month, the Forward Magazine brings you a selection of musical pearls hand-picked by friends, musicians, speakers of the Forward Festival and many more. The 20th edition is curated by Forward Festival speaker Barnaby Steel of Marshmallow Laser Feast.



Barnaby created the perfect mix of spherical soundscapes and absolute masterpieces. Find invigurating instrumentals by Daniel Avery, James Holden and Four Tet, as well as emotional lyrics by Nick Cave and Paolo Nutini. If you are searching for a chill but yet intense playlist – you’ve just found it. We recommend you to look at Barnaby’s artworks while listening to his compilation, perfect match!



Barnaby Churchill Steel is a visual artist whose work bridges experimental genres and unfamiliar mediums, forging artistry, science and technology to sculpt the malleable texture of perception.


In 2010 he co-founded the creative studio ‘Marshmallow Laser Feast’ (MLF), their glittering hoard of sensory nuggets include music videos for U2; they’ve been selected twice for the Saatchi & Saatchi’s New Director’s Showcase; they created light painting machines for McLaren and their VR project, ‘In The Eyes Of The Animal’ won the Audi Innovation Award. Most recently, he and the team at MLF won the Tribeca Film Festival Storyscapes Award for Innovation in Storytelling for ‘Tree Hugger, Wawona’.


Find out more about Marshmallow Laser Feast here or follow Barnaby on Instagram.