Nils Frahm: Spaces – review

(Erased Tapes)

Nils Frahm is one of a handful of young composers contributing to the quietly burgeoning reputation of avant-garde label Erased Tapes. Creaking floorboards and static crackle accompanied muted piano on his widely praised 2011 record Felt. Audience coughs, ringtones and other blemishes provide texture on these live recordings of new tracks that Frahm later pieced together in the studio. He is a restless but utterly persuasive improviser, with roots both in electronic and classical music; dubby percussive cuts and sumptuously layered synths share space with minimalist piano compositions here. Even when battering his piano strings with a toilet brush, Frahm creates something mesmerising.


Ally Carnwath

The GuardianTramp

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