Nils Frahm and Olafur Arnalds team up to release an album for Record Store Day.
We're very proud to premiere this new album on Erased Tapes - the brilliant Berlin/London based label, which celebrates its 5th Birthday with DiS at the Great Escape in Brighton next month. Click play and then scroll down to read about it:
The album is released on Saturday for Record Store Day, but you can also pick up at copy online from erasedtapes.com/store. The duo have written a short explanation each to explain how this release came about...
First up, words from Nils Frahm:
"I heard ‘Eulogy For Evolution’ for the first time 6 years ago and I was totally captivated. Impossible to know back then that I was supposed to meet Ólafur many years later as my label mate. Later when he took me along a tour of his we also noted that we kind of like hanging out together, doing important things like cover versions of long forgotten songs or eating veggie pizza. Also he would join my live set for a jam and I would return the favour by playing along with his set.
All in all, I fell for Óli and after one memorable jam session we had in Berlin at Roter Salon in 2011, he finally proposed the idea to visit me in my studio in Berlin to work on 'some music'. I was happy and delighted about that idea, so 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’. Making music together with people is lovely!
The time I spent with Óli in Berlin made me very happy and the music wasn't like anything I have heard before. It was all very reduced and minimal and I felt like I couldn't have done this alone. So 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!"
Words by Olafur Arnalds:
"After having toured together and having had many inspiring late night conversations, I decided to visit Nils in his Durton Studio in Berlin for a weekend. We didn't have anything specific in mind, we just wanted to hang out, jam and eat some falafel. That's what we did, but somehow we also made 25 minutes of ambient bliss that weekend.
After that we quickly decided we had to do the same in my studio in Iceland. Just hang out for a weekend and possibly make some music. So the album became kind of an Iceland vs. Berlin thing. I think you can hear it very well in the sound (side a vs. side b) and that is the most interesting thing about this record for me: that subtle but significant different in the characteristics of the music two people made in Iceland against what the same two people made in Germany.
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…"
Here's a live performance of the duo in action:
...and if all that wasn't enough music, here's our Record Store Day playlist:
- A peek inside BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction with Ghostpoet, Hyelim Kim & Nils Frahm
- Hallelujah Junction: Intersections Between Pop and Classical
- The Great Escape 2012 - DiS' Festival Highlights
- Drowned in Brighton #9
- Album Stream: Stare - Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm's album for Record Store Day
- DiS Festival News Round-Up: Part One
- Album Stream: Chapter Two: Konstellation Neu by The British Expeditionary Force (Erased Tapes)
- Articulate Silences, Ambient Sounds #12