‘I hear myself breathing and panting, the scraping sound of the piano’s action and the creaking of my wooden floorboards – all equally as loud as the music. The music becomes a contingency, a chance, an accident within all this rustling. My heart opens and I wonder what exactly it is that makes me feel so happy.’ – Nils Frahn
Hailed as neomodernism; the soft repetitive sound of Nils Frahm and his antique piano is as beautiful as the likes of Goldmund or Eluvium. I bought his LP Felt (2011) a couple of months ago after discovering his music on Erased Tapes website – which by the way is a fantastic source of ambient and classical music.
The first track I heard of his was called Familiar which was an instant hit for me. The organic sounds reminded of Helios‘ track Dragonfly Across An Ancient Sky. I especially like the irregular breaths of air Nils takes as he plays, It brings a realism to it and draws you in, as if you where watching him play the piece right before you.
His newly released track, Says conjures a slightly different sound to his usual piano based compositions. An electronic backdrop is created for this piece, which sets a slightly eerie and futuristic atmosphere, while the soft pattering of the piano makes itself known sparingly throughout the piece. The sci-fi sound is unexpected of Nils Frahn, but works so damn well.