March 25, 2012


We recently discovered the German-born musician and composer Nils Frahm, and since then his album felt is played all day long in the atelier. It was in part to make sure he didn’t disturb the nocturnal rest of those around him that Frahm developed the calm intimacy of new album, Felt, by muting his piano. As he writes in the sleeve notes, "Originally I wanted to do my neighbours a favour by damping the sound... If I want to play piano during the quiet of the night, the only respectful way is by layering thick felt in front of the strings and using very gentle fingers." The result is a wonderful, intimate album that, while it won’t disturb the nocturnal respite of Frahm’s friends next door, provides the listener with nocturnal reverie. It feels like you're not only listening to the music but to all the material that surrounds him, the wood of the piano, the felt, the microphones...

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