Today marks the worldwide release of Nils Frahm's highly anticipated new album All Melody, following a week of sold out shows at the Funkhaus in Berlin as his first world tour since 2015 begins.
For the past two years, Nils Frahm has been building a brand new studio in Berlin to make his 7th studio album Since the day Nils first encountered the impressive studio of a family friend, he had envisioned to create one of his own at such a large scale. Fast forward to the present day and Nils is now the proud host of Saal 3, part of the historical 1950s East German Funkhaus building beside the River Spree. It is here where he has spent most of his time deconstructing and reconstructing the entire space from the cabling and electricity to the woodwork, before moving on to the finer elements; building a pipe organ and creating a mixing desk all from scratch with the help of his friends. This is somewhere music can be nurtured and not neglected, and where he can somewhat fulfil his pursuit of presenting music to the world as close to his imagination as possible.
His previous albums have often been accompanied with a story, such as Felt (2011) where he placed felt upon the hammers of the piano out of courtesy to his neighbours when recording late at night in his old bedroom studio, and the following album Screws (2012) when injuring his thumb forced him to play with only nine fingers. His new album is born out of the freedom that his new environment provided, allowing Nils to explore without any restrictions and to keep it All about the Melody.
NPR Music streamed the album this week, Pitchfork called it his “biggest statement yet”, Lauren Laverne followed premiering #2 on her BBC 6 Music show yesterday and Mary Anne Hobbs will feature several tracks on her Weekend Breakfast show tomorrow.
Album Of The Month ★★★★ — Mojo
'His biggest statement yet' (7.8) — Pitchfork
'Astounding stuff from a modern master' (9/10) — The Line Of Best Fit
'An artist on full transmit, intent on capturing the magic of the moment' ★★★★ — Q
'All Melody is an ambitious ambient-electro-acoustic creation that will still sound vital 10 years from now' — NPR
· order All Melody on 2LP/CD/DL
· stream the album on your preferred platform
· book tickets for his world tour
Photograph taken in the Sound Gallery by Mathew Parri Thomas.