Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm Team Up

For Record Store Day

Olafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm have teamed up for a new Record Store Day release.

Erased Tapes has a rare, communal feel. Sure, it’s roster might be spread across Europe (and beyond) but the label has a central ethic that seems to bond the artists together.

Now Olafur Arnalds (based in Reykjavic) and Nils Frahm (based in Berlin) have confirmed plans for a collaboration. Constructing the ambient work ‘Stare’ the pair have issued two quotes to explain more.

“We got together in April 2011 and after having a big pizza, I plugged in some old analogue synths and we played for four days until late in the night. Also queen Anne Müller stopped by after a show with Agnes Obel to record some cello at 5 am in the morning for ‘b1’…we decided to do another 4-day jam at Óli´s E7 studio in Reykjavik. So I flew there in the end of October to repeat the trick and record some out of this world ambient music. It didn’t take us too long to write ‘a1’ and ‘a2’. I can’t wait for the follow up!” – Nils Frahm

“I’m not sure why we decided to keep it secret, it just happened. But it sure was fun! I remember a party at Robert’s (Erased Tapes founder) flat in Berlin, where me and Nils stood in the corner the whole night whispering about the project. We then delivered the fully mastered record with finished artwork to Robert around the 5th anniversary of the label. It would have been nice to be there to see his face…”
– Ólafur Arnalds

Stream an excerpt below.

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Erased Tapes will release ‘Stare’ on limited edition 10 inch vinyl in time for Record Store Day (April 21st).

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