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Nils Frahm shares new single 'Late'

Accomplished composer, producer and celebrated performer Nils Frahm shares a new single, “Late,” from his forthcoming album, Old Friends New Friends, out December 3rd on LEITER. Following lead single “All Numbers End,” “Late” is an intimate and graceful solo piano piece from deep in Frahm’s catalogue. It incorporates the surrounding sounds - you can hear the piano’s hammers and feel the room’s atmosphere. “‘Late’ was obviously recorded very late,” says Frahm. “When I used to record the piano in my tiny apartment studio in Berlin, which was called Durton studio, I had to play very quietly because I was surrounded by sleeping neighbors. In this track, you can feel this late-night dynamic in an apartment building in Berlin, where you cannot disturb your surroundings… And yeah, it turned into a lullaby that way. I hope you enjoy it.”

Old Friends New Friends gathers together 23 solo piano tracks recorded between 2009 and 2021, almost all hitherto unreleased but omitted from previous albums and projects for one reason or another. It was pieced together during the pandemic as Frahm used the time to arrange his archives, conscious of the sheer number of recordings he’d accumulated. Having selected his favorites, he realised how, when he listened to them together, they offered a different spectrum of freedom for him. Frahm elaborates: “I forgot that some tracks are ten years old, some two, and they’re all played on different pianos. Instead, I remembered how, as a fan, I love albums like this. With a lot of my records, there’s a point where you feel, ‘This is the centerpiece,’ but here I wasn’t really worrying about that. It still feels like my universe, though, and I’m proud that all these things which I never found a way to unite before now work together. It’s like I tossed flowers indiscriminately into a vase and then realized it looked exactly right.”

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