TUNE Nils Frahm - Nils Frahm & Anne Müller - 7fingers
Fans of the Berlin based Nils Frahm are by now familiar with his beguiling live shows where more often than not fellow touring artists are encouraged to join Frahm on stage – the likes of Rachel Grimes, Rob Lowe of Balmorhea as well as label colleagues Peter Broderick and Ólafur Arnalds have all obliged with fascinating results. It will come as no surprise then that Nils Frahm, an accomplished composer and producer who signed to Erased Tapes in 2009, has extended his collaborative live musings to encompass the recording studio, working for the first time with noted cellist and fellow Berliner Anne Müller to produce 7fingers.
With their first collective release Frahm and Müller have built a world where modern classical and electronica collide creating an ‘intoxicating and delicious’ collection of songs. Primarily a pianist Nils Frahm provides evidence with 7fingers that he can effortlessly turn electric throwing in loops, samples and glitches to accompany and showcase Müller on cello. Anne Müller, a renowned musician noted for her work with the Wolf-Ferrari-Ensemble, Phillip Boa and recent tours with Agnes Obel, proves an amp musical partner for Frahm.
As the recognition continues to grow for Nils Frahm’s previous solo piano works Wintermusik and The Bells, 2011 sees a new side to this young talent as he embarks on a detour into strings, symphonies and glitch beats alongside the estimable Anne Müller.
‘The combined talents of wunderkind pianist Frahm and Anne Müller here produce a subtle, seductive chamber music sporadically interleaved with electronic glitches’ **** – Mojo
'Ludwig Van draped in velveteen electronic violence. A record of fractured beauty. A worthwhile venture' (7/10) - Drowned In Sound
'Imaginative and surprising collaboration. It teases out goose-bumps in way that alone gives rise to a hope this won’t be the last time we see the two working together' – BBC Music
‘An album that sees headphone electronica, modern classical, and soundtrack music all converge to beautiful, intelligent, often terrifying effect’ Track Of The Day – The Line Of Best Fit
‘One of the most emotionally-evoking neoclassic records of the year’ 8/10 – The Silent Ballet
‘7 Fingers is an absolute necessity and will surely stand as one of the better releases of the year’ – Fluid Radio
‘I can’t recommend it more… Intoxicating and delicious’ – Headphone Commute