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nils frahm




Released: 14th Nov 2013


2lp + download

Released: 20th Feb 2014


breaking the convention of a traditional live album, 'spaces' was recorded over the course of 2 years in different locations & captures frahm at his spontaneous, improvisational best.

the berlin-based contemporary composer has built a steady reputation for his intimate, poignant piano recordings, yet they have so far only shown a fragment of what to expect from his concerts. frahm’s heart lies in improvisation, in the magic of a moment where, inspired by the space & the audience, his fingers can create new compositions loosely based around his familiar melodies. this ode to the joy of live performance is referred to by frahm as a collage of field recordings rather than a live album. it includes surprise moments such as the sound of him banging a toilet brush on the piano strings to create a dub-sounding track. elsewhere we find him combining beautiful synth textures with his mesmerising, textural piano playing.



  1. An Aborted Beginning
  2. Says
  3. Said And Done
  4. Went Missing
  5. Familiar
  6. Improvisation For Coughs And A Cell Phone
  7. Hammers
  8. For-Peter-Toilet Brushes-More
  9. Over There, It's Raining
  10. Unter-Tristana-Ambre
  11. Ross's Harmonium