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Ambient - Released January 26, 2018 | Erased Tapes

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While a whole generation of musicians seems to have adapted to nomadic composition, often between two dates in a plane or in a tour bus, there still are some that like the quality of studio production. Whatever the most-seasoned chamber producers may say, the surroundings are a major factor in the success of a recording (ask Ben Frost or Midori Takada). When other people release maxi CDs every two months, Nils Frahm, German virtuoso of the electric (or sometimes not) piano, took two years to imagine and build his “dream studio”. He put it in a place steeped in history, the Funkhaus Berlin, former headquarters of the East German public broadcasting that was transformed into a studio and concert hall facility. Nils Frahm has thus taken residence in Saal 3 to patiently build a pipe organ that you’ll hear emerging from the first tracks of the disc, like this profession of faith The Whole Universe Wants to Be Touched. With this seventh album which, track after track, makes us dive once again with delight into his oneiric—and almost subaquatic—world, the German pursues his quest for perfection, which he knows to be unreachable. “The music I hear inside me will never end up on a record, as it seems I can only play it for myself. This record includes what I think sticks out and describes my recent musical discoveries in the best possible way I could imagine.” We certainly want him to keep trying…© Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz
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Classical - Released December 4, 2009 | Erased Tapes

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 18, 2013 | Erased Tapes

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"This is an absorbing work, full of pensive moments cut together by music that thrives on dovetailing melodies that can be simultaneously mesmerizing and beautiful. "
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Pop/Rock - Released December 3, 2012 | Erased Tapes

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Pop/Rock - Released November 11, 2011 | Erased Tapes

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Pop/Rock - Released October 7, 2011 | Erased Tapes

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4 stars out of 5 -- "FELT's highlight is the nine-minute 'More, whose dusky, undulating melody re-emerges transformed by electronic filters at its end."
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Pop/Rock - Released August 20, 2010 | Erased Tapes

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Pop/Rock - Released March 11, 2011 | Erased Tapes

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Classical - Released December 4, 2009 | Erased Tapes

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Classical - Released April 1, 2016 | Sonic Pieces

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 28, 2016 | Erased Tapes

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Electro - Released December 11, 2015 | Erased Tapes

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Electro - Released September 11, 2015 | Late Night Tales

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As with the majority of the Late Night Tales mix CDs, German composer/pianist Nils Frahm's volume isn't a beatmatched DJ mix attempting to emulate a night out at a dance club, but rather a dreamlike sound collage highlighting inspirations and favorite items in the artist's record collection. Frahm takes a more surrealist bent than other contributors to the series, throwing in selections from his 78-rpm recording collection, layering in spoken word and classical pieces, and slowing down Boards of Canada by accident, but leaving it in because it sounds even more mysterious. Frahm starts the collection by jokingly covering John Cage's eternal think piece "4'33"," but instead of four-and-a-half minutes of silence, he constructs a gentle, slowly paced piano melody, adding some delicate feedback toward the end. Dubby electronic tracks from System and Rhythm & Sound sit alongside jazz masterpieces by Miles Davis and Nina Simone, and a 1932 recording of "Flight of the Bumble Bee" (as well as a field recording of a friend's cat purring) lighten up the mood. The album ends with a chilling short story told by Irish actor Cillian Murphy, who concludes it by stating "You have been listening to Late Night Tales, music and stories worth staying up for," providing a fitting end to this immersive hour-long dream sequence. ~ Paul Simpson
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Electro - Released September 11, 2015 | Late Night Tales

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Film Soundtracks - Released June 12, 2015 | Erased Tapes

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Appearing on the heels of his spring 2015 release, Solo, which was improvised in a single sitting on the world's (then) largest upright piano, Victoria is German composer Nils Frahm's film scoring debut. His stark, atmospheric, largely improvised score features his own keyboard work, as well as accompaniment by Anne Müller on cello, Viktor Orri Árnason on violin, and Erik K. Skodvin (Deaf Center) on guitar. The soundtrack was released on Erased Tape Records in June 2015, coinciding with the German theatrical release of the movie, a single-take German caper film directed by Sebastian Schipper. ~ Marcy Donelson