The composer and pianist returns in 2018.
Composer and pianist Nils Frahm has announced details of his seventh album. Entitled All Melody, it is scheduled to drop on 26 January 2018 via Erased Tapes and is the follow-up to 2015’s Trance Frendz – An Evening With Ólafur Arnalds And Nils Frahm.
For the last two years, Frahm has been reconstructing and refining his studio Saal 3, part of the historical East German Funkhaus building. The new record will benefit from the custom-made space where key elements such as a pipe album and mixing desk have been built from scratch. A US tour, the details of which were teased back June, has also been officially announced.
The album announcement is accompanied by a statement from Frahm, which begins: “In the process of completion, any album not only reveals what it has become but, maybe more importantly, what it hasn’t become“.
Read the rest of the statement below.
“All Melody was imagined to be so many things over time and it has been a whole lot, but never exactly what I planned it to be.” I wanted to hear beautiful drums, drums I’ve never seen or heard before, accompanied by human voices, girls, and boys. They would sing a song from this very world and it would sound like it was from a different space. I heard a synthesiser which sounds like a harmonium playing the All Melody, melting together with a line of a harmonium sounding like a synthesiser. My pipe organ would turn into a drum machine, while my drum machine would sound like an orchestra of breathy flutes. I would turn my piano into my very voice, and any voice into a ringing string. The music I hear inside me will never end up on a record, as it seems I can only play it for myself.
“This record includes what I think sticks out and describes my recent musical discoveries in the best possible way I could imagine.”
Watch an album trailer and check tour dates, cover art and tracklist below.
1. The Whole Universe Wants To Be Touched
3. A Place
4. My Friend The Forest
5. Human Range
6. Forever Changeless
7. All Melody
10. Fundamental Values
12. Harm Hymn
15 March 2018 – New York – Knockdown Center
16 March 2018 – Washington D.C. – 9:30 Club
17 March 2018 – Philadelphia – Union Transfer
18 March 2018 – Cambridge – The Sinclair
19 March 2018 – Cambridge – The Sinclair
20 March 2018 – Quebec City – Palais Montcalm
22 March 2018 – Montreal – Metropolis
23 March 2018 – Toronto – Danforth Music Hall
24 March 2018 – Chicago – Thalia Hall
25 March 2018 – Chicago – Thalia Hall
27 March 2018 – Minneapolis – Cedar Cultural Center
28 March 2018 – Iowa City – The Englert Theatre
29 March 2018 – Boulder – Boulder Theater
31 March 2018 – Seattle – Neptune
1 April 2018 – Vancouver – Vogue Theatre
3 April 2018 – Portland – Revolution Hall
6 April 2018 – San Francisco – Regency Ballroom
7 April 2018 – Los Angeles – The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church