Nils Frahm's 'Says' Gets Gorgeously Trippy Video

German composer's 'Spaces' album is out now on Erased Tapes

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Late last year, we premiered "Hammers," a fluttering Reichian dream from pianist/composer Nils Frahm. Now the Berliner returns with the video for a more electronically tinged standout from his excellent new Spaces album. "Says" starts quietly with humble key-strikes and a slowly roiling synth sequence, but by the eight-minute track's end it's become a hulking monolith of crystalline notes and pulsing rhythm.

Romain Assénat and Ana Silva perform a similar trick with the clip above, improvising with ink on glass (and a video feedback device), toying with repetition and compositional evolution as they go. You'll hear cheering at the end — Spaces is so named because the 11 songs therein were captured at various live performances over the past couple of years. Speaking of, Frahm is on tour in March.

Nils Frahm tour dates:

January 20 - Tuebingen, DE @ Pfleghofsaal Tuebingen
January 30 - Bratislava, SK @ Atelier Babylon
January 31 - Prague, CZ @ Palac Akropolis
February 22 - Dresden, DE @ Societaetstheater
March 07 - Barcelona, ES @ Mutek Festival
March 08 - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
March 09 - Leipzig, DE @ Schauspiel
March 10 - Berlin, DE @ Philharmonie
March 15 - Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
March 16 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
March 18 - Seattle, WA @ The Triple Door
March 19 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
March 20 - Vancouver, CA @ Electric Owl
March 21 - Chicago, IL @ Constellation
March 23 - Montreal, CA @ L'Astral
March 25 - Boston, MA @ David Friend Recital Hall
March 26 - Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
March 27 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
March 28 - Bethesda, MD @ The Mansion at Strathmore
March 29 - Knoxville, TK @ Big Ears Festival
July 20 - Suffolk, UK @ Latitude Festival
July 25 - Viseu, PT @ Jardins Efemeros
08/16 - Hamburg, DE @ Dockville Festival
October 29 - London, UK @ Barbican

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