Nils Frahm debuts official video for “Says” and announces ‘Spaces’ North American tour dates this March

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Composer Nils Frahm has released a video for the song “Says” and announced a full North American tour set to begin on March 15th in Los Angeles. Frahm’s newest album Spaces is out now on Erased Tapes, and he his hitting most of the major U.S. markets on this tour. I’m excited to see a date near me (March 28th in Bethesda) and am planning on checking out the performance. Full list of dates below.

After releasing his critically acclaimed new album Spaces with an exclusive release concert in New York end of 2013, Nils Frahm announces a full North American tour, Latitude Festival and Barbican shows. Known for his passionate approach to the piano which sees him perform with one hand on the grand or upright piano, the other on a Fender Rhodes or Juno synthesiser, Nils creates a unique combination of sound that is both hypnotic and intimate.

Nils is also excited to reveal the official music video for album track Says by visual artists Romain Assénat and Ana Silva. Romain previously submitted a ‘typewriter symphony’ for Nils’s Screws Reworked online project.

‘Listening to ‘Says’, we wanted to create a visual space fitting with the repeating form and the kind of echo present in this piece. We had the visual idea during a show of Nils in Germany, two days after, we’ve created a device for capturing this idea: a video-feedback with ink on glass captured in one take, in a very analogue way and without any post-production’, he explains.

Watch the video via Vimeo here or YouTube here.

‘My favourite song of the year… no contest… Nils Frahm transposes the complex textures of what love could be in Says’
– Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC 6 Music



15.03 LOS ANGELES (US) Bootleg Theater › tickets
16.03 SAN FRANCISCO (US) The Independent › tickets
18.03 SEATTLE (US) The Triple Door › tickets
19.03 PORTLAND (US) Mississippi Studios › tickets
20.03 VANCOUVER (CA) Electric Owl › tickets
21.03 CHICAGO (US) Constellation › tickets
23.03 MONTREAL (CA) L’Astral › tickets
25.03 BOSTON (US) David Friend Recital Hall › tickets
26.03 BROOKLYN (US) Glasslands › tickets
27.03 PHILADELPHIA (US) First Unitarian Church › tickets
28.03 BETHESDA (US) The Mansion at Strathmore › tickets

*support from label mate Douglas Dare

29.03 KNOXVILLE (US) Big Ears Festival › tickets



20.07. SUFFOLK (UK) Latitude Festival › tickets
29.10. LONDON (UK) Barbican › tickets


Berlin-based pianist Nils Frahm has become known for his unconventional approach to an age-old instrument as well as his collaborations and production work for contemporaries such as Ólafur Arnalds, Peter Broderick and most recently Sarah Neufeld of Arcade Fire. After his first solo piano works Wintermusik and The Bells, Frahm released Felt to much critical acclaim in 2011. The album was followed by Screws, a free birthday gift to his fans he recorded while recovering from a thumb injury. Frahm has quickly become known for his live performances that showcase a unique combination of piano motifs on the upright, grand piano and Rhodes with heavy synthesiser sounds. Being called to perform at electronic events like Mutek, Boiler Room, Primavera and Decibel, as much as traditional concert spaces like Hackney Empire and the Royal Opera House, Frahm continues to cross musical barriers.


‘A fantastic record…it can transport you somewhere else’
– Alexis Petridis, The Guardian Album of the Week

‘A work of gentle genius, and one of the year’s best albums’ – The Quietus

‘His feverish playing is so stimulating that it’s slightly nerve-wracking’ – Pitchfork

‘Improvisatory, wild, heartfelt—and often, quite humorous’ – Interview

‘Spaces’ true achievement is transcending the summary nature of live records. It adds up to an intriguing and rewarding insight into one of today’s most impressive music-makers’ – Under The Radar, 8.5/10,

‘Haunting, energizing and overwhelmingly emotive, and a must-have’ – Exclaim!, 8/10

★★★★ Mojo · ★★★★ The Observer · 9/10 Uncut
★★★★ The Arts Desk · ★★★★1/2 Music OMH · 9/10 Drowned In Sound
4.5/5 Resident Advisor · 4.5/5 Fact · 9/10 Clash · 9/10 The Line of Best Fit


Nils Frahm
out now on Erased Tapes


TRACK LISTING: 1. An Aborted Beginning 2. Says 3. Said And Done 4. Went Missing 5. Familiar 6. Improvisation For Coughs And A Cell Phone 7. Hammers 8. For – Peter – Toilet Brushes – More 9. Over There, It’s Raining 10. Unter – Tristana – Ambre 11. Ross’s Harmonium


Nils Frahm website

Erased Tapes website

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