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Electronic - 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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Electronic - Released December 3, 2020 | Erased Tapes

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In December 2018, Nils Frahm returned for four nights at Funkhaus Berlin, the former headquarters of the East German national radio which is now a complex of studios and concert halls. It was here that he had composed his last album, the acclaimed All Melody, and here also that he had started a tour of 180 dates to support it. "It was about time to document my concerts in picture and sound," Frahm explains, "trying to freeze a moment of this period where my team and I were nomads, using any method of travel to play yet another show the next day. Maybe tonight is the night where everything works out perfectly and things fall into place? Normally things go wrong with concerts, but by combining our favourite moments of four performances, we were able to achieve what I was trying to do in these two years of touring: getting it right!" On the track-list of this record which comes accompanied by a film, we see an inspired Nils Frahm in beret and black T-shirt. He replays a good half of the album All Melody, and notably the trippy Sunson, whose techno break will draw whistles from Berlin club audiences. We can also enjoy the addition of The Dane (which is on All Encores) and a final, melancholic Ode – Our Own Roof, taken from the soundtrack to the film Victoria. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz

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Nils Frahm in the magazine
  • Tripping with Nils Frahm
    Tripping with Nils Frahm In December 2018, Nils Frahm returned for four nights at Funkhaus Berlin, the former headquarters of the East German national radio which is now a complex of studios and concert halls.