The Berlin-based composer Nils Frahm's Spaces is a live album patchworked together from various recordings, containing songs both old and new, some shortened, some lengthened, some radically different in approach.
It's a mesmerizing and beautiful work. Tight restrictions are a fundamental component of the music made by Berlin-based composer Nils Frahm. When he plays piano it sometimes feels like his hands are pulling rigid machine-based structures into a lighter, airier place. Frahm is a musician clearly enamored with benchmark figures from the minimalist tradition Steve Reich , Philip Glass , artists who cross the jazz and classical worlds Keith Jarrett , film composers that lean toward the tropes of early music Michael Nyman , and electronic musicians with the lightest of touches Thomas Fehlmann.
Spaces is a live album patchworked together from various recordings, containing songs both old and new, some shortened, some lengthened, some radically different in approach. Some even stay just as they were. This is an absorbing work, full of pensive moments cut together by music that thrives on dovetailing melodies that can be simultaneously mesmerizing and beautiful. It's giddy at times, the sound of a creator utterly lost to his work.
Spaces remains my favorite Neoclassical album of all time and thus gets a spot in my CD collection. Sven Boucher. Adrian Kingwell. Nikolay Gnusov-Bushe. MJ Adams. Piotr Kaczmarek. Wham Charles. Brian Greidanus. Ben Dobay. Clint Takeda. Aaron Kirby. Todd Barczak. Sarah Boisvert. Norman Ma. Alan Ly. James D. Matt May. Noelle Leigh. Spaces is the seventh studio album by German musician Nils Frahm. It was released on 19 November on the Erased Tapes record label.
It has been described by Frahm as a "collage of field recordings ",  and includes music recorded over a 2-year period at different locations using a variety of methods including cassette and reel to reel tapes. Spaces received general acclaim upon its release.
At Metacritic , which assigns a normalised rating out of to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received a score of 90 based on 15 reviews, which is categorised as "universal acclaim". Spaces was given an honorable mention in Pitchfork ' s Albums of the Year , with Nick Neyland remarking, "There are magical properties here, giving Spaces a quality that makes it easy to forget the world outside during its absorbing duration".
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