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Oddments of the Gamble

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German improvisational group Nonkeen's early-2016 debut, The Gamble, was the product of several years' worth of homegrown experimentation from three childhood friends (namely Nils Frahm, Frederic Gmeiner, and Sebastian Singwald). After accumulating numerous tracks recorded during informal sessions over the course of nearly a decade, the band had several albums' worth of material ready to release. They assembled two albums and flipped a coin to decide which one to put out first. The Gamble just happened to be the one that won the coin toss. Oddments of the Gamble, released half a year later, may be more of the same, but there isn't any drop-off in its quality level. The album might actually have a better flow than its sibling. As with The Gamble, this one is a collage-like mixture of warm keyboards, sharp yet loose-limbed drumming, and various types of echo and delay effects. It often recalls the exuberant studio experiments of Krautrock groups like Can and Faust, as well as the '90s post-rock groups that carried on in that spirit. The music has a jazzy quality, but there's no soloing of any kind. The musicians often lock into rhythms and let everything swirl around and flow smoothly. Much of the album sounds casual and relaxed, but there are more urgent, uptempo selections like the rippling "Glow" and the crashing echo-chamber haze of "Obviously Algebra." Several shorter, fragmentary cuts provide glimpses of indescribable studio happenings that can't be replicated. Titles like "Copy of Crazy" and "The Monkey in the Machine" hint at the playful, slightly chaotic nature of these sessions.
© Paul Simpson /TiVo

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1
Kassettenkarussell
00:02:24

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Programmer - nonkeen, MainArtist - Frederic Gmeiner, Composer, Producer - Zino Mikorey, MasteringEngineer - Sepp Singwald, Composer, Producer

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

2
Told and Small
00:01:07

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Programmer - nonkeen, MainArtist - Frederic Gmeiner, Composer, Producer - Zino Mikorey, MasteringEngineer - Sepp Singwald, Composer, Producer

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

3
The Journey of Hello Peter
00:04:56

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Programmer - nonkeen, MainArtist - Frederic Gmeiner, Composer, Producer - Zino Mikorey, MasteringEngineer - Sepp Singwald, Composer, Producer

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

4
Diving Platform
00:06:09

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Programmer - nonkeen, MainArtist - Frederic Gmeiner, Composer, Producer - Zino Mikorey, MasteringEngineer - Sepp Singwald, Composer, Producer

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

5
People in Dresden out for a Walk (Reisegenuss)
00:00:11

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Programmer - nonkeen, MainArtist - Frederic Gmeiner, Composer, Producer - Zino Mikorey, MasteringEngineer - Sepp Singwald, Composer, Producer

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

6
Happy Juno
00:02:34

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Programmer - nonkeen, MainArtist - Frederic Gmeiner, Composer, Producer - Zino Mikorey, MasteringEngineer - Sepp Singwald, Composer, Producer

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

7
Back and Forth
00:03:53

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Programmer - nonkeen, MainArtist - Frederic Gmeiner, Composer, Producer - Zino Mikorey, MasteringEngineer - Sepp Singwald, Composer, Producer

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

8
Glow
00:04:37

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Programmer - nonkeen, MainArtist - Frederic Gmeiner, Composer, Producer - Zino Mikorey, MasteringEngineer - Sepp Singwald, Composer, Producer

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

9
World Air
00:03:50

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Programmer - nonkeen, MainArtist - Frederic Gmeiner, Composer, Producer - Zino Mikorey, MasteringEngineer - Sepp Singwald, Composer, Producer

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

10
Obviously Algebra
00:02:36

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Programmer - nonkeen, MainArtist - Frederic Gmeiner, Composer, Producer - Zino Mikorey, MasteringEngineer - Sepp Singwald, Composer, Producer

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

11
Copy of Crazy
00:00:56

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Programmer - nonkeen, MainArtist - Frederic Gmeiner, Composer, Producer - Zino Mikorey, MasteringEngineer - Sepp Singwald, Composer, Producer

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

12
The Monkey in the Machine
00:02:17

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Programmer - nonkeen, MainArtist - Frederic Gmeiner, Composer, Producer - Zino Mikorey, MasteringEngineer - Sepp Singwald, Composer, Producer

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

13
Schwertfisch
00:03:45

Nils Frahm, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Programmer - nonkeen, MainArtist - Frederic Gmeiner, Composer, Producer - Zino Mikorey, MasteringEngineer - Sepp Singwald, Composer, Producer

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

Album Description

German improvisational group Nonkeen's early-2016 debut, The Gamble, was the product of several years' worth of homegrown experimentation from three childhood friends (namely Nils Frahm, Frederic Gmeiner, and Sebastian Singwald). After accumulating numerous tracks recorded during informal sessions over the course of nearly a decade, the band had several albums' worth of material ready to release. They assembled two albums and flipped a coin to decide which one to put out first. The Gamble just happened to be the one that won the coin toss. Oddments of the Gamble, released half a year later, may be more of the same, but there isn't any drop-off in its quality level. The album might actually have a better flow than its sibling. As with The Gamble, this one is a collage-like mixture of warm keyboards, sharp yet loose-limbed drumming, and various types of echo and delay effects. It often recalls the exuberant studio experiments of Krautrock groups like Can and Faust, as well as the '90s post-rock groups that carried on in that spirit. The music has a jazzy quality, but there's no soloing of any kind. The musicians often lock into rhythms and let everything swirl around and flow smoothly. Much of the album sounds casual and relaxed, but there are more urgent, uptempo selections like the rippling "Glow" and the crashing echo-chamber haze of "Obviously Algebra." Several shorter, fragmentary cuts provide glimpses of indescribable studio happenings that can't be replicated. Titles like "Copy of Crazy" and "The Monkey in the Machine" hint at the playful, slightly chaotic nature of these sessions.
© Paul Simpson /TiVo

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