A tantalising taste of what’s to come, ‘Unter | Über’ is a rather microscopic affair and yet a record that perfectly captures the last days of summer before winter sets in. The under two-minute song twins must be one of the shortest singles released this year. Recorded on Nils’ own piano in his Berlin studio flat, these are two of the most personal and optimistic pieces of music we have heard in a long time. Entwined impeccably these are tracks you can listen to over and over again.
‘Unter’ received a remix by Dutch experimental music maverick Rutger Zuydervelt aka Machinefabriek. The A-Side also inspired German filmmaker Ralph Etter to take his camera with him out on a field and shoot a stunningly simplistic video of barley flowing in the wind. Both, the remix and this entrancing piece of cinematography will accompany ‘Unter’ and ‘Über’ on their digital release, out August 23rd, 2010.
‘Beauty is often found in simplicity’ – Drowned In Sound
‘Rarely can an austere piece of music pull one in this quickly, leaving the listener so transfixed as to near-physically crave another movement’ – Magnet (US)
‘Its brevity only serves to make you want to listen to it again’ (8/10) – The 405
‘The best things come in small packages’ – Line Of Best Fit
‘Nils Frahm is proving to be something genuinely special. Unter/Uber is a single that showcases his remarkable wares as both a writer and performer, fashioning two absolutely stunning miniatures that you’ll replay over and over. Highly recommended!’ – Boomkat
You can order it here: erasedtapes.com/store/index/ERATP023
Artist: Nils Frahm
Director: Ralph Etter
Produced by: Ernoe Productions
Label: Erased Tapes Records
Music written by: Nils Frahm
Copyright: © 2010 Erased Tapes Records.
Website: erasedtapes.com | nilsfrahm.de