Nils Frahm Vinyl, CD & tapes by Nils Frahm at Norman Records
Nils Frahm is one of the chief architects of the world domination of the piano lads. Alongside his peers, like Max Richter and Jóhann Jóhannsson, he's proved that classical music can be for the masses. He got a whole day named after the piano, for heaven's sake, using his record of soft chord pluckings (Solo) to inaugurate a world Piano Day. Has anyone done more for plinky-plonking than this fellow?
Known for crafting immaculate neo-classical works that play with ambient textures and the smallest hints of dance music, Frahm has created a whole possible world of atmosphere, giving a sci-fi gravitas to composition on records like Spaces and All Melody. Despite its potential for bravado, Frahm pours his heart into the details of his music, crafting headphones-only records like Felt with care and attention.
Frahm's collaborations with labelmate Olafur Arnalds have shown off his more playful side; Trance Frendz contained loose improvised jams that suggest the potential accessibility of his genre of music. As a member of compositional workout band nonkeen, he continued to give the middle finger to neo-classical conformity, stretching synths and guitars into a post-rock soundscape. He'll probably keep pulling from his treasure trove of ideas for now until forever, so buckle up.