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Nils Frahm – Old Friends New Friends (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Nils Frahm – Old Friends New Friends (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 01:19:10 minutes | 1,37 GB | Genre: Classical
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Nils Frahm’s double album ‘Old Friends New Friends’ gathers together 23 solo piano tracks recorded between 2009 and 2021, almost all hitherto unreleased but, for one reason or another, omitted from previous projects. The album offers “an anatomy of all my ways of thinking musically and playing,” Frahm says, adding with a smile, “Maybe I could say it’s an album I worked on for twelve years, and finally I have enough material?”

‘Old Friends New Friends’ was pieced together during the pandemic as Frahm used the time to arrange his archives, conscious of the sheer number of recordings he’d accumulated. Having selected his favourites, he realised how, when he listened to them together, they offered “a different spectrum of freedom for me. I forgot that some tracks are ten years old, some two, and they’re all played on different pianos. Instead I remembered how, as a fan, I love albums like this. With a lot of my records there’s a point where you feel, ‘This is the centrepiece,’ but here I wasn’t really worrying about that. It still feels like my universe, though, and I’m proud that all these things which I never found a way to unite before now work together. It’s like I tossed flowers indiscriminately into a vase and then realised it looked exactly right.”

One can only guess how difficult it may initially have been to narrow down candidates for public consumption from the wealth of choices, because even selecting highlights from ‘Old Friends New Friends’ is a challenge. Nonetheless, among its almost 80 minutes of music are the fluid ‘Rain Take’, in which his instrument’s glistening ripples are married with the distant sound of a deluge outside; ‘Wedding Walzer’, a Satie-esque piece so intimate Frahm’s pedal-work threatens to overshadow its delicate melody; the unexpectedly touching ‘Then Patterns’, the exquisitely graceful ‘Acting’, and the redemptive, radiant ‘The Chords Broken Down’. Clearly, these are much more than outtakes, something Frahm has no trouble explaining. “Often tracks that don’t make it onto an album are the ones with the most boldness and bravery.”

Frahm has other reasons to release this record, too, among them a craving to protect his legacy in an era where ‘bonus material’ is in constant demand. “The nature of the mind – and a hard drive – is that you forget a lot of stuff,” he says, “and I hate the idea that somebody might browse through my things trying to find something I’d forgotten. I’ll probably burn everything before I go, but these are pieces I wanted to put out. So this is an original ‘Nils Frahm’, so to speak, not somebody curating a leftover meal.” Furthermore, Frahm felt an urge to clean the slate before making his next move. “My intuition,” he says, “is that it’s easier for me to start over if the body of work from the last ten years or so is organised enough that I never need worry about it again. It’s time to forget about the past, but in order to never think about it again I have to address it first.”

As for how he feels letting the music loose into the world, Frahm simply chuckles. “It’s like if your kids finally move out when they’re 23, and you realise, ‘Shit, this could have happened years ago!’”

Tracklist:
1. Nils Frahm – 4:33 (A Tribute to John Cage)
2. Nils Frahm – Late
3. Nils Frahm – Berduxa
4. Nils Frahm – Rain Take
5. Nils Frahm – Todo Nada
6. Nils Frahm – Weddinger Walzer
7. Nils Frahm – In the Making
8. Nils Frahm – Further in the Making
9. Nils Frahm – All Numbers End
10. Nils Frahm – The Idea Machine
11. Nils Frahm – Then Patterns
12. Nils Frahm – Corn
13. Nils Frahm – New Friend
14. Nils Frahm – Nils Has a New Piano
15. Nils Frahm – Acting
16. Nils Frahm – As a Reminder
17. Nils Frahm – Iced Wood
18. Nils Frahm – Strickleiter
19. Nils Frahm – The Chords
20. Nils Frahm – The Chords Broken Down
21. Nils Frahm – Forgetmenot
22. Nils Frahm – Restive
23. Nils Frahm – Old Friend

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