Neo-classical extraordinaire Nils Frahm teams up with F.S. Blumm for a fine set of inventive, semi-abstract sound explorations. Tag Eins Tag Zwei is the result of 2 days of improvisation on piano, guitar, harmonium etc. taken away and re-processed for some rather interesting, but also thoroughly relaxing tracks. Out on Sonic Pieces.
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What’s this? Nils Frahm collaborating with someone other than Olafur Arnalds? I wonder what ol’ Arnie has to say about this. He’ll probably write a mournful string quartet for it called ‘Ode to Separation Pt. I - The Losing You Suite’. While he’s doing that, the Frahm and the one known as Blumm once again meld their guitars, pianos and toys (check the press release) into some calming sounds while clearly having a great time. Toys.
This release on Sonic Pieces is semi free-form; there aren’t too many moments where many instruments are locked together into any sort of clear figure. They instead wander on their separate journeys to begin with, unwinding like Phil’s sanity and definitely as fragile. It’s a product of their process, where they take little mini-jams and piece them together into a moving jam-collage in the hope that their doctored timings work the musical magic. There’s a fair amount of magic here actually, the first two tracks being some nice impressionist, minimal twinklings before the gentle fingerpicking and accordion-like tones of the harmonium give a folky impression on ‘Day One Two’. ‘Valentine My Funny’ is the saddest thing ever. A cat walks on several instruments to Frank Blumm’s delight.
As you’d expect, it’s so chill. Imagine Erik Satie occasionally picking up a guitar and sometimes dropping it on the floor but refusing to leave his Paris apartment to get it fixed or buy new tape, so ends up piecing it into this sparse, long form noodle and putting it out on CD. That’s what this sounds like. Sorry, Erik.
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