Nils Frahm
Spaces


4.0
excellent

Review

by Philippe USER (12 Reviews)
February 26th, 2014 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Something big indeed...

If there's ever a name to excite Neoclassical fans more than anyone else, it's Nils Frahm. Nils Frahm was always a name, which has been associated with 'POTENTIAL' and that big things were going to come from him. That big thing has arrived and has taken the name and body known as "Spaces".

This is Nils Frahm's 4th LP and anyone who is familiar with the name will be aware that he and the likes of Ludovico Einaudi and Olafur Arnalds are spearheads for neoclassical and minimal music. Whereas past LP's from Frahm capture this bill perfectly, "Spaces" adds touches of ambience whilst still keeping to its roots. The best example of this on the album is from the second track 'Says'. It starts off slowly and quietly, focussing on reverb heavy synths with the occasional bit of piano flying in and out. As the song grows, the synths become louder and more spacious until piano chords layer over everything else to create quite a grand and ethereal atmosphere. Easily one of the highlights from this album.

I sat down and listened to this in a cold and dark room and was totally blown away by the sheer beauty of it. A couple of songs such as 'Over There, Its Raining' and 'Went Missing' are solely piano pieces and they use space and dynamics brilliantly to convey what almost feels like isolation. Along with that, the lone piano sounds light and warm and needs to be listened alone to have full effect. However, this isn't necessarily always put to good use. One of the longer songs on the album 'Unter - Tristana - Ambre' is an 11 and a half minute 3 part piece and shows that space can sometimes just be a bit bland. Because the track is solely piano and doesn't vary much in terms of dynamics as much as others, the song comes across as being a bit too long. The lack of any build up and climaxes really causes the song to drag out and just sound very plain during parts.

This album is not perfect by any means and contains some very noticeable flaws. Tracks such as 'Said and Done' and 'Hammers' come across as repetitive at times and hold very little replay value. To put it plainly, they're boring. Some songs also come across as sounding rather lazy and undeveloped such as 'Ross' Harmonium', which ends up being a pretty disappointing song to finish the album with. These disappointments, however, prove to be minimal (no pun intended) in the grand scheme of things. In the end, "Spaces" proves to be a very much enjoyable experience throughout and certainly brings something new into the sometimes slow world of Neoclassical music.



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ChoccyPhilly
February 26th 2014


9202 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Probably didn't do the album as much justice as it deserves but first couple of reviews were always going to be a bit

sketchy.



Criticism is welcome as always.

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SeaAnemone
February 26th 2014


21150 Comments


this the best thing

will read this review probably

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SeaAnemone
February 26th 2014


21150 Comments


huh, learned I'm missing the last two tracks

Ryus
February 26th 2014


6914 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

shocked this didn't have a review already, good job mate

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IronGiant
February 26th 2014


1125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review, love hammers as it reminds me of the presto agitato portion of beethoven's moonlight sonata a little

Sleaper
February 26th 2014


3465 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yay someone finally reviewed this, and reviewed it well.



says was one of the better songs of 2013. amazing album

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zuzek
February 27th 2014


752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very, very glad to see this reviewed. Good job dude. One of my favorites from 2013.

osmark86
February 27th 2014


4592 Comments


oooo. heard a song of his yesterday and it was really powerful. definitely going to check out some of his stuff.

PunchforPunch
February 27th 2014


6279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice Review. Album is truly majestic.

StrangerofSorts
Staff Reviewer
February 27th 2014


2795 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm happy for how well this album's done - it's always nice to see people get behind this kind of stuff. At the same time, it has no magic for me.



Black Elk (the ambient/classical group, not the hardcore band) released five "sketches" last month: album's made from snippets of ideas, demo tapes and material they didn't think was suited for either Sparks or the yet to be released Anchor. They were all better than this. III especially - VI-III makes me feel so lonely but peaceful at the same time: http://komu.bandcamp.com/album/sketches-iii . It would be cool if some people from this thread would check it out.



Willie
Moderator
February 28th 2014


16194 Comments


Your review was linked in twitter:

https://twitter.com/sofia_ilyas/status/439022057758928896?refsrc=email

StrangerofSorts
Staff Reviewer
February 28th 2014


2795 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Mmm, Erased Tapes seem to like us

SeaAnemone
March 13th 2014


21150 Comments


"Says" most moving song 2013

JS19
March 14th 2014


4609 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

There are some not so great songs but the rest are just so amazing I can't even

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adr
March 14th 2014


5173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this rules

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JS19
March 14th 2014


4609 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hahahaha 'nice'

Mistico
March 14th 2014


83 Comments


gotta say this is pretty good

RadicalEd
March 27th 2014


3701 Comments


"Says" blows my mind.

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ShitsofRain
March 27th 2014


6398 Comments


oh this has a review

nice

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ChoccyPhilly
April 21st 2014


9202 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah the only thing which gets remotely close to "says" is the 16 minute track "For - Peter - Toilet Brushes - More" especially when "More" fully kicks in. probably should have included it in the review but oh well



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