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Old Friends New Friends

Nils Frahm

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In parallel to the release of a single for Erased Tapes, Then Patterns, Nils Frahm is already thinking about his legacy with this Old Friends New Friends, a compilation of 23 unreleased tracks recorded between 2009, the time of his first albums Wintermusik and Bells, and 2021. The German pianist took advantage of recent lockdowns to sort out his archives and avoid a messy album made up of studio scraps being released after his death. “The nature of the mind—and a hard drive—is that you forget a lot of stuff, and I hate the idea that somebody might browse through my things trying to find something I’d forgotten.” So he decided to make the selection himself: I’ll probably burn everything before I go,  but these are pieces I wanted to put out.”

There's nothing dissonant in this "anatomy of all my ways of thinking musically and playing”, which starts with a tribute (lasting only 3 minutes 49) to John Cage's 4:33. But there are gems to be discovered, such as the very cinematic Berduxa, or All Numbers End, which is always on the verge of depression, the ritornello In the Making, or the otherworldly melody The Idea Machine, which is an exploration of what makes the pianist tick. The retrospective darkens towards the end, with that intimidating levitation on The Chords Broken Down while the Old Friends finale takes a more polarising turn. 80 minutes later, Nils Frahm's legacy is assured. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz

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1
4:33 (A Tribute to John Cage)
00:03:49

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Kauffelt, Engineer - Zino Mikorey, Engineer

© 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH ℗ 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH

2
Late
00:03:18

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Kauffelt, Engineer - Zino Mikorey, Engineer

© 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH ℗ 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH

3
Berduxa
00:04:28

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Kauffelt, Engineer - Zino Mikorey, Engineer

© 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH ℗ 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH

4
Rain Take
00:04:16

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Kauffelt, Engineer - Zino Mikorey, Engineer

© 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH ℗ 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH

5
Todo Nada
00:02:42

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Kauffelt, Engineer - Zino Mikorey, Engineer

© 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH ℗ 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH

6
Weddinger Walzer
00:03:17

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Kauffelt, Engineer - Zino Mikorey, Engineer

© 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH ℗ 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH

7
In the Making
00:02:26

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Kauffelt, Engineer - Zino Mikorey, Engineer

© 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH ℗ 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH

8
Further in the Making
00:01:48

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Kauffelt, Engineer - Zino Mikorey, Engineer

© 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH ℗ 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH

9
All Numbers End
00:01:35

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Kauffelt, Engineer - Zino Mikorey, Engineer

© 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH ℗ 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH

10
The Idea Machine
00:02:21

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Kauffelt, Engineer - Zino Mikorey, Engineer

© 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH ℗ 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH

11
Then Patterns
00:03:31

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Piano, MainArtist - Zino Mikorey, Engineer

© 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH ℗ 2013 Erased Tapes Records Ltd. under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management GmbH

12
Corn
00:04:04

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Kauffelt, Engineer - Zino Mikorey, Engineer

© 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH ℗ 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH

13
New Friend
00:03:22

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Kauffelt, Engineer - Zino Mikorey, Engineer

© 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH ℗ 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH

14
Nils Has a New Piano
00:04:05

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Piano, MainArtist

© 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH ℗ 2016 LEITER in cooperation with BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT GmbH

15
Acting
00:03:16

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Kauffelt, Engineer - Zino Mikorey, Engineer

© 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH ℗ 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH

16
As a Reminder
00:04:19

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Kauffelt, Engineer - Zino Mikorey, Engineer

© 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH ℗ 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH

17
Iced Wood
00:03:08

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Kauffelt, Engineer - Zino Mikorey, Engineer

© 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH ℗ 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH

18
Strickleiter
00:04:04

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Kauffelt, Engineer - Zino Mikorey, Engineer

© 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH ℗ 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH

19
The Chords
00:03:22

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Kauffelt, Engineer - Zino Mikorey, Engineer

© 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH ℗ 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH

20
The Chords Broken Down
00:03:52

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Kauffelt, Engineer - Zino Mikorey, Engineer

© 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH ℗ 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH

21
Forgetmenot
00:03:22

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Kauffelt, Engineer - Zino Mikorey, Engineer

© 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH ℗ 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH

22
Restive
00:04:07

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Kauffelt, Engineer - Zino Mikorey, Engineer

© 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH ℗ 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH

23
Old Friend
00:04:38

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Kauffelt, Engineer - Zino Mikorey, Engineer

© 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH ℗ 2021 LEITER Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, in cooperation with BMG Rights Management GmbH

Album Description

In parallel to the release of a single for Erased Tapes, Then Patterns, Nils Frahm is already thinking about his legacy with this Old Friends New Friends, a compilation of 23 unreleased tracks recorded between 2009, the time of his first albums Wintermusik and Bells, and 2021. The German pianist took advantage of recent lockdowns to sort out his archives and avoid a messy album made up of studio scraps being released after his death. “The nature of the mind—and a hard drive—is that you forget a lot of stuff, and I hate the idea that somebody might browse through my things trying to find something I’d forgotten.” So he decided to make the selection himself: I’ll probably burn everything before I go,  but these are pieces I wanted to put out.”

There's nothing dissonant in this "anatomy of all my ways of thinking musically and playing”, which starts with a tribute (lasting only 3 minutes 49) to John Cage's 4:33. But there are gems to be discovered, such as the very cinematic Berduxa, or All Numbers End, which is always on the verge of depression, the ritornello In the Making, or the otherworldly melody The Idea Machine, which is an exploration of what makes the pianist tick. The retrospective darkens towards the end, with that intimidating levitation on The Chords Broken Down while the Old Friends finale takes a more polarising turn. 80 minutes later, Nils Frahm's legacy is assured. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz

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