Having released an album recorded inside a muffled piano due to the late night striking of inspiration – 2011’s ‘Felt’ (Clash review) – and another playable with only nine digits after an unhelpful break – 2012’s ‘Screws’ – ‘Spaces’ is a set of field recordings captured live by Berlin-based composer Nils Frahm over the past two years.
A mix of vibrant takes on older material and some entirely new pieces, ‘Says’ (live KEXP version below) is the true standout here, with 10 minutes of verve and restraint in equal measure. The incidental noise caught on the tape only serves to emphasise the energy and power of Frahm’s live craft.
After the delicate beauty of previous albums, this is the sound of an artist unleashed.
Words: Gareth James
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'Spaces' isn’t really what we’d call pop – but this is.
Listen to Nils Frahm tracks via Deezer, below…