SLOW TRAVEL BERLIN
Forest Swords, Berghain, 8pm
More or less a month after opening for Scottish band Mogwai at Tempodrom, Forest Swords is back in Berlin – this time headlining Polymorphism #10, a Berghain-based concert series that began in the summer of 2012.
An experimental project of Liverpool producer Matthew Barnes, Forest Swords released his first EP in 2009, and has gone on the put out a slew of singles and EPs, which culminated in last year’s full-length, “Engravings.” The 10-track album made it onto several “best of” lists for the year, including Pitchfork, Stereogum, and Tiny Mix Tapes.
Though the album was mixed on headphones, and in spite of its minimalistic composition, those in attendence at a live gig can attest to Forest Swords’ no-holds-barred approach to sound, making Barnes’ forthcoming appearance at the legendary Berghain something that shouldn’t be missed. Natalye Childress
Berghain, Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin; S+U: Warschauer Straße; admission: €18/€15.