Nils Frahm – Graz (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 38:48 minutes | 668 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital booklet, Front Cover | © Erased Tapes
Released on March 29, 2021, on the occasion of Piano Day 2021, for the first time on the Erased Tapes label, Graz is the new album by the German pianist-composer Nils Frahm, recorded in 2009, in Mumuth, at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria, and never previously released.
Sometimes when you listen to a piano, you may think it is a conversation between a woman and a man. At the same time, it can suggest the shapes of the universe and describe the appearance of a black hole. You can create sounds that have no relation to anything we can measure.
The creator of Piano Day has struck again! In mid-March 2020, without any prior notice, Nils Frahm released an album of eight “lullabies” dating from the time of his album Screws, called Empty. For this new edition of Piano Day (launched in 2015), the German pianist went through his archives to unearth an album recorded at MUMUTH, the University of music and performing arts in Graz, in 2009, as part of Conversations for Piano and Room produced by Thomas Geiger, the founder of Kunsthalle3000.
Graz offers a window into Nils Frahm’s early period. Back then, he had just landed in Berlin and he was still self-producing his albums. The Nils Frahm who reveals himself through these nine tracks is “raw”, perhaps, but as stunning as ever (see, for example, the superb Because This Must Be). The famous “Frahm sound” did not then exist. It would be developed a few months later, on Felt (2011). This was made when the artist decided, so as not to disturb his neighbours, to wedge felt between the strings and hammers of his piano and to place microphones nearby in order to be able to listen to himself on headphones. There are also two tracks that wouldn’t make the cut for Spaces, his 2013 album based on field recording and electronic improvisations. Hammers, developed here in two short minutes, a “drier” version that laid the foundation for one of the pianist’s signature titles – and one of his most hypnotic. And Went Missing, which closes the album, which also sounds a little “harder” than the muted and mezzo piano version of Spaces, but no less majestic. – Smaël Bouaici
01. Lighter (03:49)
02. O I End (04:49)
03. Because This Must Be (02:45)
04. Kurzum (08:38)
05. And Om (05:00)
06. Hammers (feat. Peter Broderick) (01:51)
07. Crossings (06:19)
08. About Coming and Leaving (02:07)
09. Went Missing (03:30)