Nils Frahm ‎– Spaces

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An Aborted Beginning 1:34
Says 8:18
Said And Done 9:39
Went Missing 4:59
Familiar 5:38
Improvisation For Coughs And A Cell Phone 6:44
Hammers 3:48
For – Peter – Toilet Brushes – More 16:49
Over There, It's Raining 3:07
Unter – Tristana – Ambre 11:43
Ross's Harmonium 3:51

Versions (14)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ERATP055CD Nils Frahm Spaces(CD, Album) Erased Tapes Records ERATP055CD Europe 2013 Sell This Version
ERATP055DL Nils Frahm Spaces(12xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Erased Tapes Records ERATP055DL UK 2013
ERATP055DM Nils Frahm Spaces(12xFile, WAV, Album) Erased Tapes Records ERATP055DM UK 2013
ERATP055DM Nils Frahm Spaces(13xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Erased Tapes Records ERATP055DM UK 2013
ERATP055DM Nils Frahm Spaces(13xFile, WAV, Album, 24-) Erased Tapes Records ERATP055DM UK 2013
ERATP055 TP Nils Frahm Spaces(2xLP, TP, W/Lbl) Erased Tapes Records ERATP055 TP UK 2013 Sell This Version
ERATP055CD-US Nils Frahm Spaces(CD, Album) Erased Tapes Records ERATP055CD-US US 2013 Sell This Version
AMIP-0042 Nils Frahm Spaces(CD, Album, Pap) Erased Tapes Records AMIP-0042 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
ERATP055CD Nils Frahm Spaces(CD, Album, Promo) Erased Tapes Records ERATP055CD Europe 2013 Sell This Version
ERATP055LP-US Nils Frahm Spaces(2xLP, Album) Erased Tapes America ERATP055LP-US US 2014 Sell This Version
ERATP055LP Nils Frahm Spaces(2xLP, Album, Ltd) Erased Tapes Records ERATP055LP UK 2014 Sell This Version
ERATP055LP Nils Frahm Spaces(2xLP, TP, W/Lbl) Erased Tapes Records ERATP055LP UK 2014 Sell This Version
ERATP055LP-VMP Nils Frahm Spaces(2xLP, Album, Club, RE) Erased Tapes America ERATP055LP-VMP US 2015 Sell This Version
ERATP055CD Nils Frahm Spaces(CD, Album, RP) Erased Tapes Records ERATP055CD Europe Unknown Sell This Version

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stuayoung

stuayoung

June 16, 2019
referencing Spaces, 2xLP, Album, Club, RE, ERATP055LP-VMP
Superb press. Super quiet. Amazing record, beautiful piano and analogue synths all recorded live. A must.
juhpopey

juhpopey

January 21, 2016
referencing Spaces, 2xLP, Album, Club, RE, ERATP055LP-VMP

For me, this was a knockout for VMP. Everything from the music to the packaging to the pressing quality to the artwork are all phenomenal. Hadn't heard of Frahm before this, making this month's experience all the richer.
azaro

azaro

August 11, 2014
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Spaces, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, ERATP055LP
very nice tracks on the album,says is one of my favourites.top class!!recommended album!
Headphone_Commute

Headphone_Commute

April 13, 2014
referencing Spaces, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, ERATP055LP
There is an immediate difference between a live recording and a studio crafted album. Although a replay on my audiophile grade stereo and headphones does not exactly capture the energy created in the space occupied by this pianist, it does, nevertheless, bring me closer to the feelings that I have experienced in his presence. And that emotion nearly brings me to tears. Even now, as I close my eyes, and the music fills my living room, I can picture Frahm hunched over the instrument, a drop of sweat glistening at the tip of his nose, fingers effortlessly gliding over the ivory keys, making love to the audience through his music. Finally, unable to restrain himself any longer, Frahm begins to hum along with the melody…

Compiled from over thirty live concerts recorded in the last few years (2012-2013), this extremely self-critical and amazingly very modest composer selects eleven pieces for this special Erased Tapes release. Spaces is essentially a collection of Frahm’s favorite and best performances, featuring a variety of room textures, ambiance, recording techniques, and instruments. The recording also captures a unique experience shared between the performer and his audience, no doubt adding a little something to this very special exchange existing in one single rare moment.

If, by chance, Spaces happens to be the very first record which you pick up by Nils Frahm, I must proclaim to be extremely jealous – you have a beautiful and highly rewarding journey ahead of you, my friend. Among the many favorites, I highly recommend that you travel through Wintermusik (2009), The Bells (2010), Felt (2011), and Screws (2012), all available on the wonderful Erased Tapes Records. And of course, be sure to catch Nils Frahm in person, at least once in your lifetime! A standing ovation for Spaces from me – just like at the end of each and every Frahm concert.
Acoustician

Acoustician

March 19, 2014
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Spaces, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, ERATP055LP

This album is one of the highest quality modern day presses in my collection. Very highly recommended.
asip

asip

December 16, 2013
referencing Spaces, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, ERATP055LP
Nils Frahm is single-handedly responsible for my new-found passion and respect for the piano.

I’ve never been one to proclaim extended knowledge on classical, modern-classical or contemporary music. I’ve always lived on the edge, never quite diving in to something to its fullest and often glancing over reviews, albums or such which covered the genre. I am a big fan of soundtracks for example, but I can never quite imagine the type of person, how many takes, or indeed how many people it took to make such monstrous scores filled with elaborate piano or instrumental pieces. Was it one man? One take? The most talented of the bunch, maybe yes. I don’t know.

I’m also sure there’s many of you out there can point me in the direction of a classical piano genius. From years gone by perhaps. But again, i’ll probably never have the patience to dig through an archive without seeing the substance of the material. It seems that when it comes to this type of music, it’s an experience that I need to live outside of my earphones. I didn’t know this until I went to the Erased Tapes 5th Anniversary show last year, and the likes of Ólafur Arnalds, A Winged Victory For The Sullen and Nils Frahm absolutely blew me away. It was a experience I wouldn’t forget and one that epitomised live performances, especially for this type of music. Nils has it spot on.

“What I love most about playing in front of people has something to do with a certain kind of energy exchange. The attention and appreciation of my audience feeds back into my playing. It really seems as if there is a true and equal give and take between performer and listener, making me aware of how much I depend on my audience. And since the audience is different every night, the music being played will differ too. Every space I performed in has its own magic and spirit.” – Nils Frahm

Two-years in the making, across various performances and using a multitude of recording devices including old portable reel-to-reel recorders and cassette tape decks, we have ‘Spaces’ – an ode to the live performance. An album that sits halfway in-between a non-stop live recording and a studio produced record, Nils has decided to piece together several live performances which he had referred to as ‘field recordings’, mastered by Mandy Parnell to form a beautiful insight into the world of improvisation and the talent that Nils adorns, and has grown upon these past few years.

So how do you translate experiences into a recorded piece? Nils and Mandy have kept this record as it should be, relatively untouched from the original recordings. Whilst sounding polished, they’ve decided to keep in many of the surprise moments that were captured during the performances including the toilet brush incident – a moment I remember, where Nils began to bang the brush against the piano strings. And as one track details, some accompanying laughs, coughs and a cell phone. But this audible distraction just adds to the pleasurable contradiction in sound; rumbling piano tones backed by subtle ambience transports you to the moment.

‘An Aborted Beginning’ grabs your attention and settles you in for the ride. It’s an apt title for a track which is probably a misguided direction for the remainder of the album. Heavy echoing percussion is quickly followed by the familiar gentle, progressive stance of ‘Says’ – an outer-space experience that gently meanders, changing in tone across an epic seven minutes until pounding keys destroy every sensory experience for the final minute.

I’ll never forget watching Nils at the beginning of ‘Said and Done’ – wondering how he kept that consistent, heavy piano chord rolling throughout the track. Not a single slipped note or timing adjustment. Like a performance split straight down the middle, ‘Said and Done’ could be misconstrued as two people playing against each other. On one side, drama, on the other a floating melody. In any other recording I would’ve imagined two people playing this, but it was just the one… at 5.41 my mind was blown i didn’t know where else this could possibly go or how much energy Nils had left. But the track still had more.

‘Went Missing’ is the deserved shuffle back into your seat. The love-story, the soundtrack and the peaceful relinquish from ‘Said and Done’ and the mid-ground before the more evocative ‘Familiar’. By now, Nils’ has paced himself well and you’re truly addicted to the developing story-line. And like all good tales, the unexpected keeps you hooked.

The ‘Improvisation For Coughs And A Cell Phone’ does just that. Making sense of the grand-piano and warming the notes for the crescendo in ‘Hammers’. Nils’ head is down and beads of sweat struggle to hang on to a forehead and body pulled apart by hands of their own stretched out across two pianos. Again, Nils has managed to transform into a machine; an emphatic, relentless machine that is somehow producing a dream-state for every single person in the room, ended deservedly by a raucous applause.

Return of the synths and the familiar ‘For‘; a favourite of mine, I cannot express how good this sounds rattling around a performance space. Easing into ‘Peter’, the toilet brush incident and ‘More’, if you’ve watched any performances of Nils on Youtube or similar then you’ll recognise much of this. Again, a sight to behold as Nils is split in two, in a world of his own yet reflecting against an audience waiting with baited breath for any give on this relentless piano assault.

And then the most beautiful yet; ‘Over There, It’s Raining’. I’m pretty speechless at this point – just an absolutely stunning piece of music that melts every single part of you. Continuing this theme is ‘Unter—Tristana—Ambre’ with it’s reflective soundtrack moments in ‘Tristana’, the more sincere ‘Unter’ and a perfect, complimentary ending in ‘Ambre’.

The end of the record, and you’d be expecting either a majestic sign-off or a heart-wrenching melody but instead Nils opts for a contemplative and unique piece in ‘Ross’s Harmonium’. Perhaps to keep the audience guessing, maybe a nod towards more of what’s to come. I feel like Nils has opened up his world only to leave the door slightly ajar, with a glimmer of light creeping through from a low sunset, and the camera backing slowly into the dark.

This album wasn’t recorded as one, and is made-up of many different experiences and interpretations over many months. But you feel like you’ve been there with him. The roller-coaster of emotion this album invokes is like no other, and luckily for me, I now have the perfect memento to that very special night last October I watched Nils play, control and orchestrate his way into hundred’s of peoples musical minds and memories.