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The linup: Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm
Erased Tapes artists and friends Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm have separately carved out a musical career that defies genres both with their unique live shows and a loyal fan base that’s always eager to hear what their prolific output will bring.
Their latest collaborative 2-track release ‘Life Story Love and Glory’ is a live improv affair on two pianos, recorded in 2012 at Nils’s Durton Studio in Berlin. Fans may wonder why they have waited until 2015 to release these tracks, but having revealed a new website http://www.arnaldsfrahm.com you may think this may not be the end to their musical story this year.
“We would meet in Reykjavik or Berlin with the intention to share some days off work, hiking, swimming or eating pizza. That is great for a couple days, but after a while we would always end up back in the studio, fiddling with synths or pianos.” – Nils Frahm
“You can hear in the beginning of ‘Life Story’ how I have already started playing the piano whilst Nils is still moving microphones around and preparing everything. It was all kept in!“ – Ólafur Arnalds
‘Life Story Love and Glory’ will be released as a 7” on Erased Tapes – exclusively through record stores only on August 21, 2015 ahead of its digital release later on – as an ode to this classic and beloved format.
About the Artwork:
The packaging design on heavy-weight brown card was crafted by Torsten Posselt at FELD, Berlin.
About Ólafur Arnalds:
Ólafur Arnalds is a BAFTA-winning multi-instrumentalist and producer from Iceland. Ólafur is known for his unique mix of strings, piano with loops and edgy beats crossing-over from ambient/electronic to pop. Ólafur was a drummer of hardcore metal bands Fighting Shit and Celestine, as well as others. In 2014 Ólafur announced his electronic debut album under the Kiasmos project with Bloodgroup front man Janus Rasmussen to much acclaim.
About Nils Frahm:
Nils Frahm works as an accomplished composer and producer in Berlin. His unconventional approach to an age-old instrument, played contemplatively and intimately, has won him many fans around the world. For a musician this early in his career, Frahm displays an incredibly developed sense of control and restraint in his work, catching the ear of many fans.
‘This is a dream pairing for you neo classical types. The Laurel & Hardy of all things neo classical come together for a very special limited release just for record stores’ – Norman Records [Press release]
Artist: Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm
Title of Single: Life Story Love and Glory
Release Date: August 21, 2015
Label: Erased Tapes Records
01 Life Story
02 Love and Glory
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More ‘Ólafur Arnalds’ on Music Pickings:
2013, Dec 06 − New Album: For Now I Am Winter (2013/02/25)
2013, Feb 22 – Everything Must Change / ‘Another Happy Day’ OST
2011, Nov 02 − Living Room Songs
2011, Oct 12 − Ólafur Arnalds & Arnór Dan – Old Skin
2011, Oct 06 − Near Light (Living Room Songs)
More ‘Nils Frahm’ on Music Pickings:
2015, April 02 – New Album: Solo (2015/05/29) [Free Download] / Track ‘Wall’
2014, Dec 08 – New Official Video: Hammer
2013, Nov 05 – New Album: Spaces (2013/11/18) / New Song ‘Says’