Nils Frahm – Music for Animals (2022) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

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Nils Frahm – Music for Animals (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 03:06:40 minutes | 3,38 GB | Genre: Electronic, Ambient
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Nils Frahm returns with an expansive new album, ‘Music for Animals’, his first fresh studio material since 2018’s ‘All Melody’ and 2019’s associated ‘All Encores’. Containing ten tracks and clocking in at over three hours long, it’s an ambitious and compelling set different to anything Frahm’s released to date – in fact, it finds the Piano Day founder declining to use a piano – but at the same time retains many of the qualities that have set the influential musician’s work apart over much of the last two decades. Unfolding at an unhurried, meditative pace in a celebration of tone, timbre and texture – and thus of sound itself – ‘Music for Animals’ offers an unusually immersive experience. ‘My constant inspiration’, Frahm explains, ‘was something as mesmerising as watching a great waterfall or the leaves on a tree in a storm. It’s good we have symphonies and music where there’s a development, but a waterfall doesn’t need an Act 1, 2, 3, then an outcome, and nor do the leaves on a tree in a storm. Some people like watching the leaves rustle and the branches move. This record is for them’.Nils Frahm’s Music for Animals is a three-hour work meant to evoke an experience similar to spending time in nature and staring at flora or bodies of water — something without a specific progression or outcome. Its title riffs on the proliferation of functional playlists on streaming services, and society’s insistence on attaching a purpose to music and grouping recordings by certain listening habits. Of course, ambient music is generally used as a soundtrack for sleeping, meditation, or any number of daily activities, and Music for Animals works on those levels as well, but Frahm isn’t suggesting how the audience is supposed to engage with the release. He’s simply presenting it and saying that it exists, just like mountains, or forests, or rivers. The album’s ten compositions are lengthy and minimal, with several coming close to half an hour each. None of them feature acoustic pianos, but it’s hard to tell if the sounds are entirely generated by synthesizers or if other instruments are involved — the fragile, wheezing “Do Dream” was almost certainly created using a harmonium. Like much of Frahm’s work, the music embraces the ambiance of his surroundings, with incidental noises present, and his playing is spontaneous, even as everything feels slowed down to a glacial blur. A few pieces make excellent usage of Berlin School-style rippling pulsations, with “Sheep in Black and White” very slowly and subtly evolving and fluctuating in intensity. “Right Right Right” is the only track under ten minutes, and its flickering echoes and melancholy synth shades bring to mind Loscil’s more dub-informed work. “World of Squares” is perhaps the coldest and most foreboding piece, going nowhere yet giving the impression of sinking deeper and deeper. Music for Animals might seem daunting due to its length and starkness, but it’s actually one of Frahm’s most listenable albums, rewarding immersion and half-ignored background placement alike. – Paul Simpson


1-01. Nils Frahm – The Dog with 1000 Faces (26:21)
1-02. Nils Frahm – Mussel Memory (13:27)
1-03. Nils Frahm – Seagull Scene (13:09)
1-04. Nils Frahm – Sheep in Black and White (24:47)
1-05. Nils Frahm – Stepping Stone (18:15)
1-06. Nils Frahm – Briefly (27:02)
1-07. Nils Frahm – Right Right Right (07:25)
1-08. Nils Frahm – World of Squares (15:02)
1-09. Nils Frahm – Lemon Day (18:31)
1-10. Nils Frahm – Do Dream (22:36)


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