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Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm
Loon

On Loon, ol-buddy-ol-pals Olafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm take a break from celebrating piano day/year, using the fat stacks gained from the last 7” to splash out on some new synths. Woohoo! New stuff! Knobs! Except that this was made a year ago now, so they’re prob...view item »

Nils Frahm
Spaces

Here’s something a bit different from everyone’s favourite modern minimalist pianist Nils Frahm, following mounting critical adoration for his most recent couple of albums. However Frahm felt that none of the existing recordings were really representative of his live performances, so he’s spent ...view item »

Rival Consoles
Persona

Have you ever been followed down a dark alley by someone wielding an axe? Well If you have and don't want that part of your life soundtracked then best not listen to Rival Consoles new opus.  These are dramatic flourishes of pulsating and cinematic electronica that takes influence from Ingmar Bergman's psychological thriller but has...view item »

Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm
Trance Frendz

Arnalds and Frahm, once billed as the Bonnie and Clyde of piano by Phil (or words to that ‘effect’), here continue their intimate tinklings while taking it to the next level by getting someone to film it. So, all these here improv sessions were born from this event, the camera amplifying their musical power in one vain swoop. ...view item »

Hatis Noit
Illogical Dance

Erased Tapes front four ‘sound sculptures’ from Japanese artist Hatis Noit that had previously only been released in Japan. Using her voice as the core element of the recordings, Noit has created an avant-song-cycle rich in range and emotion. Citing Japanese classical music and Gregorian chants as in...view item »

Nils Frahm
All Melody

Referred to affectionately as “the Frahmster” by my bothersome boss, Nils Frahm is the holy ghost in Erased Tapes. He’s done a whole lot more for neo-classical than you have, so pay some damn respect. Max Richter don’t read this. His new record is called ‘All Melody’ but there...view item »

Nils Frahm
Felt

The Nilster is back with a brand new studio new album on Erased Tapes and it's the difficult 3rd album! From the off I can tell it's a much richer album than previous albums as there's more than just piano on it. The opener with its Tubular Bellsy xylophone is really rather splendid. There's a...view item »


Erased Tapes Collection VIII

Robert Raths' London-based institution Erased Tapes marks a decade of bringing us great -- sometimes avant-garde -- music, with their Collection VIII. They've said the transparent vinyl double-LP set is 'highly limited'. Many notable favourites: Winged Victory, Rival Consoles, Daniel Brandt, Penguin Cafe, Ben Lukas...view item »

Olafur Arnalds
Eulogy For Evolution 2017

Now very famous indeed composer Olafur Arnalds has gone back to his roots and reworked this his debut release with the help of friend Nils Frahm who took charge of the remastering. Seeing as though the original album transported the listener from birth to death we wonder if there's anything else that can be sque...view item »

Rival Consoles
Howl

OK I’ve been looking forward to this all morning because we’ve already had this album on a few times in the office and it’s garnered pretty much universal approval. It’s amazing. Ryan Lee West made some pretty stunning sounds happen with Sonne, sounds you could almost sink your teeth into and feel the spicy tang ...view item »

Rival Consoles
Odyssey / Sonne

Available on CD on Erased Tapes. With a build up to a new album on the horizon, Erased Tapes have put together Rival Console’s two previous EPs in a new, lush package. Slick synthesis and sound collage mould around crisp beats in the ilk of Clark and Nosaj Thing.  Comes in Die-cut sle...view item »

Rival Consoles
Night Melody

We’ve all been there.... relationship break up, in the house on your own in the dark, nothing going on, phone never ringing, no emails. Rather than wallow in a pit of despair, Ryan Lee West put his pain into making new music and has come up with a rather upbeat and life affirming record. If he was trying to ch...view item »

Penguin Cafe Orchestra
Union Cafe

PCO's final studio album - Union Cafe, was only available on cassette and CD upon its initial release in 1993. GREAT NEWS: Erased Tapes are dutifully reissuing it on vinyl, coinciding with the twentieth anniversary of founder Simon Jeffes' death. Outstandingly beautiful music sure to cause instant happiness and ...view item »

Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm
Life Story Love And Glory

Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm are pretty much the dream team if you are a fan of the Erased Tapes aesthetic. Life Story Love And Glory is a 7” containing some casually improvised piano duets, inventive and intimate. The vinyl is exclusive to record stores like ourselves, and may hint toward...view item »

Kiasmos
Blurred EP

The new EP from Icelandic duo Kiasmos (Janus Rasmussen, Ólafur Arnalds) brings further mixing of serenely soft piano motifs with lush and warm four-on-the-floor production, where neither overpowers, but compliment. Comes backed with remixes from Bonobo and German producer...view item »

Peter Broderick
All Together Again

Docile post-folk ambienteer Peter Broderick strings together a decade’s worth of private commissions for this 2LP collection on Erased Tapes. Young Pete has admirers in all corners; there’s even an honest-to-god fashion runway piece. While the tracks comprising All Together Again are unrelated, their instrum...view item »

Ben Lukas Boysen
Golden Times 1

It’s time for Ben ‘Twinkling Neo-classical is my middle name’ Boysen -- oh no wait, it’s actually Lukas, my bad -- and a new 12” from him featuring a highlight from his lilting and generally lovely album from last year, Spells. The original album version of Golden Times 1 features on the A1, wherein his piano sounds...view item »

Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm
Collaborative Works

This is a compilation of the 'Loon', 'Stare' and 'Life Story Love and Glory' releases plus some new stuff. As we've already reviewed two of them, we've just lazily pasted the reviews below and used the mean as a score. 'Loon' Reviewed by Laurie  7/10  On Loon, ol-buddy-ol-pals Olafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm take...view item »

Hogni
Two Trains

Icelandic experimentalist Hogni already has projects as GusGus and Hjaltalin but his newest and haughtiest work deserves its own alias, eh? Mixing deep, choral vocals that feel remote and church-like with soaring pop tunes and production beds a la newer, more lopsided R&B, he creates a record quite endless with possibilities, responsive to a...view item »

A Winged Victory For The Sullen
A Winged Victory For The Sullen

Here's a dream marriage in floaty heaven! Adam Wiltzie from Stars of The Lid and Dustin O'Halloran have a new thing and this is it. Initially it sounds like how you'd expect it to sound. O'Halloran tinkling away on the old ivories and Wiltzie making some orchestral majestic sounding drones in the background. So far so good. At times it goes all ...view item »

Penguin Cafe & Cornelius
Umbrella EP

Originally put on a short release in 2015, after completing the new Penguin Cafe album, Erased Tapes have repackaged this EP made with Japanese musician/producer Cornelius for record store day. Featuring two collaborative tracks and each party remixing one of the other’s tracks. Hypnotic blends of world mu...view item »

Masayoshi Fujita and Guy Andrews
Needle Six

Phil thinks Guy Andrews was the guy who sang that cover of 'Mad World' but I think he's hopelessly wrong. Guy Andrews in instead a London based producer and here he has collaborated on a live BBC 'Late Junction' session with Japanese vibraphone player Masayoshi Fujita. It has now been released on a very limited 12" to make your Record Store Day ...view item »

Olafur Arnalds
...And They Have Escaped The Weight Of Darkness

Well that Icelandic neo-classical chapster has provided the goods once again. I've missed almost all his previous soujourns into stripped-back melancholia, I wasn't quite prepared for this feast of calming dreamscapery, occasional elegant post-rock textures & lashings of lush chamber instrumentation however! He seems to be vastly gifted this...view item »

Ben Lukas Boysen & Sebastian Plano
Everything

“No!”, I said to my overly-literal brain, doing a double-take; that’s Ben Lukas Boysen with Sebastian Plano, not Seb PIANO. But you can see how I could be (easily) confused. It’s becoming that kind of week, but the creaking weight of hundreds of overblown Arcade Fire LPs atop our own Norm...view item »

Nils Frahm
Juno Reworked

Erased Tapes brings you this excellent remix EP from the much sought after ‘Juno’ 7”, Nils Frahm has passed his baton firstly over to Norfolk’s Luke Abbott, this is a super dub synth remix that still keeps Frahm’s t...view item »

Various Erased Tapes Artists
Erased Tapes Collection V

Lovers of minimal pop and consumer fetishism will no doubt be excited to pay £80 for the five most luxuriously packaged 7”s I think I’ve ever seen. They come in a chunky box debossed with the Erased Tapes logo, and then once you’re in there’s five dinked 7”s in screenpri...view item »

A Winged Victory For The Sullen
Iris

The boss-approved Winged Victory brigade produce their latest sequel of cinematic bliss, continuing a victory lap of film scores for “frontman” (in so far as drone collectives can have frontmen) Adam Wiltzie. Between producing the gorgeously serene soundtrack for Solaris and asking for deadline extensions for the next ...view item »

Penguin Cafe
The Imperfect Sea

Right, this is a bloody lovely record and also a feel-nice story in that it's headed up by Arthur Jeffes the son of Simon Jeffes who ran the original Penguin Cafe Orchestra who made exuberant neo-classical throughout the 80s and 90s until his untimely death in 1997. Penguin Cafe, though containing no ...view item »

Rival Consoles
Sonne

The sun's gone out in Leeds, but for Ryan Lee West, the man behind Rival Consoles, that's not a real problem. Sure, this may be because he's based in London, but mostly because he's dedicated his latest offering on Erased Tapes to our mutual ball of gas - so much so that it appears to have impaired his vision and is now seeing colours, apparentl...view item »

Allred & Broderick
Find The ways

Peter Broderick and David Allred’s musical partnership is a beautiful thing: they use only their voices and their chosen string instruments (violin and upright bass), and they record live, without overdubs or edits. The result is intimate friendship music, simply made but very deep. Find The Ways ...view item »

Daniel Brandt
Eternal Something

Actual good album alert. German composer Daniel Brandt had an idea  - a totally ridiculous one  - that he was going to make an album using only cymbals. Luckily he changed his mind and instead uses all kinds on instruments to make 'Eternal Something'. It's brilliant  - right from the very get go when 'Chaparral Mesa' uses a two no...view item »

Nils Frahm
Screws Reworked

On Screws Reworked, Nils Frahm gives to charity, that is, the musical anonymity of some of his fans. That’s right, this one has been remixed by none other than people like you - the average Frahm listener. Hey Nils, where did you even get this lot Frahm?? Ugh. When I say ‘average Frahm listener’ I may actually be mista...view item »

Lubomyr Melnyk
Rivers and Streams

Lubomyr Melnyk has long been treating us to his caffeinated neo-classical, using his continuous playing approach to piano as a means of just pressing on. For many of us, the Youtube video of him playing seventeen notes in one second is probably enough; delve deeper, though, and he offers compositions that change in real time, his structure of me...view item »

Peter Broderick
Grunewald

Sometimes a musician just needs the right space to record in for the magic to flow. Often those spaces are churches, as with the Grunewald EP, which was recorded in the church of the same name in Berlin. A Bösendorfer piano and a gorgeous natural reverb enabled Peter Broderick to create these beautiful solo pieces....view item »

Kiasmos
Kiasmos

Minimal neo-classical pianist and composer Ólafur Arnalds joins Janus Rasmussen to release under the name Kiasmos, a Scandinavian project that investigates the intersection between Arnalds acoustic compositions and Rasmussen's drenched-in-synth pop music. Lots of wonderful should-be-contradictions arise, such as drum machines next to stri...view item »

Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie
Salero: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

New heart-stompers from Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie. Need I say more, need I describe the content of Salero to you, a film I haven’t seen? I don’t feel like making up a fake synopsis on a day as destitute as this so I’ll just listen to this soundtrack from Stars of the Lid and ...view item »

Douglas Dare
Aforger

You know those piano chords that sound like it’s raining outside and someone else in the house has a cup of coffee but you’re not allowed one because you might spill it on the piano? Douglas Dare. Lots of those on ‘Aforger’, a record torn between the wonderful gentility of indie rock and the benefits of a noisier, electro...view item »

Peter Broderick
Partners

Slightly worrying to see Peter Broderick described as a veteran but here he is 10 years into an idiosyncratic recording career. This latest missive deals with the certainty of chance, Broderick has been influenced by John Cage in terms of letting a song take its own course and letting things happen of their own ...view item »

Woodkid & Nils Frahm
Ellis

Wow. There’s an artist called JR. Alright alright, quiet you scoffing art snob. I’m as middle-brow as you get, it’s a birth defect, so I’d rather you not jeer in that way. But yes, he makes photographic and filmographic art, including this film about Ellis Island, which is apparently the first place people from abroad enc...view item »

Ben Lukas Boysen
Spells

Erased Tapes have collected a new person who goes by the name of Ben Lukas Boysen. Middle name included, so neoclassical. Little may some know but he is actually that electronic dark ambient person called Hecq, I guess that’s his midnight crime fighting alias, Ben Lukas Boysen by day. The daytime...view item »

Ben Lukas Boysen
Gravity

“Oh man, he’s the new Nils Frahm” seems to be Norman Reviews editor Clint’s catchphrase, these days. A new Frahm is born unto us every day and a new pianist is using the Frahmian mode every other week. Claudio Ranieri? He’s like the Premier League’s Nils Frahm, buddy. Plinky pl...view item »

Oliveray
Wonders

The Starsky and Hutch of minimal are back with their first fully-fledged standalone collaborative album under the name Oliveray, where they blur the lines between neofolk, neoclassical and contemporary minimal composition a little more for us. I expect you're familiar with some of these ...view item »

A Winged Victory For The Sullen
Atomos VII

Super-duo A Winged Victory For The Sullen's self-titled debut was an unmitigated triumph, earning rave reviews across the board and flying off our shelves as quickly as we could restock it. It's exciting to see that Dustin O'Halloran and Adam Wiltzie are at it again, with this 12" being the first taste...view item »

Immix Ensemble & Vessel
Transition

Alas, due to the lack of streaming for this aside from one track, I can only provide a brief glance-over, which is a shame because what is displayed in those 5 and a half minutes is glorious. This EP is collaboration between Bristol’s techno-ish di...view item »

Nils Frahm
Screws

Lately everyone’s favourite contemporary ivory-tinkler Nils Frahm has been in the wars, suffering a broken thumb earlier in the year (hence the ‘Screws’ of the title) which rather swiftly put the brakes on his upwards momentum. Fi...view item »

Douglas Dare
Caroline / If Only

Ambient artist and stark pianist Douglas Dare has a new EP to unleash on the world, simply titled 'Caroline / If Only'. "Caroline" sees Dare take to the piano and write a crushingly sombre ballad that ascends and recedes most beautifully, while "If Only I Knew I Were Alive" is more overtly experimental, made out of looped beats and live recordin...view item »

Kiasmos
Swept EP

I bet Olafur Arnalds has a really fucking good winter-wear collection. Temporarily abandoning his role as the man who makes neo-classical music next to a fireplace that also brews hot chocolate or something, he revitalises the Kiasmos project in conjunction with electronic dude Janus Rasmussen. What happens w...view item »

Masayoshi Fujita
Apologues

We don’t seem to get much vibraphone music here at NR, probably because Robin’s so busy insistently playing the latest psych hit for his psych column all the time. The thought of acoustic instruments sends shivers down his spine. Yet somewhere on the shelves, some beaters are tinkling quietly against finely shaped wooden planks in st...view item »

Olafur Arnalds
Dyad 1909

'Dyad 1909' is the new release from Icelandic composer Olafar Arnalds which is a contemporary dance score commissioned by British choreographer Wayne McGregor, inspired by Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev. Olafar Arnalds work is unique in so much as he is able to bridge the two worlds of classical composition and contemporary electronica with relative ea...view item »

Nils Frahm
Music for the Motion Picture Victoria

Uh… Nils? Is that you? Making techno? Are you trying to get a coveted 3.5 out of 5 on Resident Advisor? Cut that out. You’re the piano man. In fact it's not Frahm it's DJ Koze doing an edit exclusively for this soundtrack. Relax...let's breathe easy. He's the piano man.  Seriously, though: ...view item »

Michael Price
Entanglement

While I absolutely hold his involvement in Sherlock against him, I can’t deny that Michael Price knows his way around a minimal tearjerker. Price’s brand of neo-classical has the same lack of pretense as Nils Frahm’s recent work ‘Solo’, the sound of an aficionado humming and hawing o...view item »

Dawn Of Midi
Dysnomia

You won’t find any Midi here. Unless this Brooklyn trio are masters of sonic lies, all of the music they create is pulled from the combination of drums, piano and bass, but you’d hardly notice. Many many layered, persistent rhythms overlap from familiar sound sources being used in an unfamiliar way to make Dysnomia an exciti...view item »

Nils Frahm
Solo

Only Nils Frahm could, with complete sincerity, declare the 88th day of our year Piano Day, and have us all (some of us - Clint) enraptured in the idea. Launching right into celebrations of what is at least objectively the best inst...view item »

Peter Broderick
These Walls Of Mine

Ah, Peter Broderick. Instead of actually getting on with a proper album that might elevate him to the stratospheric class of the neoclassical-tinged folk musician he continues his idiosyncratic path of releasing vaguely ‘concept&...view item »

Peter Broderick
Float 2013

Minimalist composer Peter Broderick originally released 'Float', his debut record, in 2008. A showcase for his versatile talents and penchant for traditionalism, 'Float' depicted Broderick mixing together folk, neo-classical and pop disciplines as if it were the norm. The record is now getting a second release as 'Float 2013', a version tha...view item »

Lubomyr Melnyk
Evertina

Phil’s mother-in-law's favourite musician is Richard Clayderman. Well Phil, I think I’ve solved all your Christmas present woes. Lubomyr Melnyk is most well known for a “continuous music” technique which basically is him playing the piano really fast. His Peter Broderick produced al...view item »

A Winged Victory For The Sullen
Atomos

A Winged Victory For The Sullen's euphoric debut was a beacon of hope. Pianist Dustin O'Hallaran, with his dramatic and forthright compositions, took Adam Witzie's calming ambient soundscapes as foundations, making them sound aspirational. Witzie's old band, Stars of th...view item »

Greg Gives Peter Space
Greg Gives Peter Space

Erased Tapes releases this collaboration between two already well known composers Greg Haines and Peter Broderick. At first I put this on the wrong speed and I wonder what the hell is going on but after changing to 45rpm I’m greeted with a fantastic bass heavy dub ...view item »

Douglas Dare
Whelm

Erased Tapes finally releases the debut album by Londoner Douglas Dare, after really enjoying his little EP ‘Seven Hours’ I was very excited to hear this full length and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. With a pretty standard take on the pianist/singer-songwriter thing it’s not that mindblowingly different but with Dougla...view item »

Douglas Dare
Seven Hours

London based singer-songwriter Douglas Dare has come up with an intriguing little debut EP for Erased Tapes. Recorded in south-london bedrooms and practice spaces with drummer/producer Fabian Prynn,  ‘Seven Hours’ is the result of a collaborative process that captures ideas in their infancy and transforms them into odd and impre...view item »

Michael Price
A Stillness

This is a four track EP from composer Michael Price who from the sounds of this works within the parameters of a very ‘nice’ take on neoclassical composition. Utilising just a string quartet the record starts with a still drone before emerging into the type of wandering, warm chamb...view item »

Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm
Stare

This is a dream pairing for you neo classical types. The Laurel & Hardy of all things neo classical come together for a very special limited release just for record store day. You should read the (very long...) press release for this. It's a fascinating story of veggie pizza, falafel a...view item »

Olafur Arnalds
Found Songs

OK I've finally been smacked in the face by the charms of Olafur Arnaulds. His Found Songs mini album is one of the most moving albums of neo classical music I've heard in ages. It really is the soundtrack to the saddest moments in your life. Normally the office is full with people talking stuff and nonsense but when Olafur came on it commanded sil...view item »

Olafur Arnalds
Another Happy Day OST

It's a well known fact that I like Olafur Arnalds. Perhaps as well known as that water is wet and without it we'd all be very thirsty. So, pretty well known then. I grabbed this all excitedly and here I am writing a review. This is the soundtrack to 'Another Happy Day' which features Dem...view item »

Olafur Arnalds
Living Room Songs

Last October Olafur created a song every day for a week and released them as videos on the tinterweb. He plonked his Macbook in front of him and just recorded the tracks plain and simply. It sounds awesome, too. I think I might start crying. Olafur makes some of the most beautiful moving ...view item »

Peter Broderick
Music For Confluence

Broderick is back with a brand new album on the Erased Tapes label. If you're interested he's relocated from Denmark to Berlin. I don't know about you but I find it important to know where my popstars are living. 'Music For Confluence' is a soundtrack to a film about murdered women from I...view item »

Nils Frahm & Anne Muller
7fingers

Hoorah  - its a sunny day and instead of working my fingers to the bone packing your delicious records I've been allowed to do the reviews. Treats are in store too for you if you purchase this new Nils Frahm and Anne Muller CD. Muller produces beautiful music using cello and other stringed instruments whilst Frahm chips in with delightful c...view item »

Peter Broderick
Music For Falling From Trees

Peter Broderick is considered by many to be one of the great musical composers of the noughties. He has established himself as a live performer playing with Copenhagen's Efterklang and has begun the process of releasing solo records, primarily instrumental piano based compositions. 'Music for Falling from Trees' ...view item »

Nils Frahm
Wintermusik

Anyone into pianos should check out the Nils Frahm CD called Wintermusik on Sonicpieces (the last thing they did was a split CD by Konntinent which was ace). This is packaged in a lush little thick book style sleeve with a wee nipple inside for the CD to rest its weary shiny fat back on. I have to say if all CD's were packaged like this then the...view item »