The latest by Nils Frahm is a carefully curated snapshot of the more than 180 sold-out concerts he has given over the past two years.
The tracks from “All Melody”, which form the heart of it, sound less minimalistic from the stage than we are used to from Frahm.
All elements in the title song – beats, keyboard riffs, misty synth treads – change shape for fifteen minutes before they are swallowed up by a cloud of choral singing.
“Sunson” sounds like a time capsule from the early nineties, when Sun Electric and Biosphere’s live performances introduced us to ambient house. Tripping on a whole other level.
In between, Nils proves that he is not afraid of silence on stage either.
In “My Friend the Forest,” a jazz pianist who is lost in thoughts lets his fingers wander over the keys brilliantly.
Slot track “Ode – Our Own Roof” weaves together two older songs into a meditative exploration of drones and piano sounds.