Nils Frahm is a gem in music right now, a sensitive and reflective voice. And infused into everything he does is an unwavering sense of taste.
If you’re feeling the weight of the endless rotation of overplayed saccarine-sweet Christmas tunes, Nils can cure what ails you. For the second year in a row, he’s released an achingly mellow mix of favorites he’s dusted off from his vinyl collection. Curl up under the crackling analog fuzz of those records and settle in.
Each has obvious touchstones of piano inspiration; last year’s he described as “your mobile campfire.”
We have this year’s and last year’s mix here for your listening pleasure, plus the twinkling beauty of Wintermusik, his 2007 release featuring improvised piano, celeste, and reed organ. (Durton Studio, the photo pictured, was the setting. Photo: Alexander Schneider.)