Spaces (Nils Frahm album)

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Spaces
Nils Frahm - Spaces.jpg
Live album by
Released19 November 2013 (2013-11-19)
RecordedAll songs recorded during live performances from 2012-2013.
GenreAvant-garde
Length76:10
LabelErased Tapes
Nils Frahm chronology
Screws
(2012)
Spaces
(2013)
-solo-
(2015)

Spaces is the seventh studio album by German musician Nils Frahm. It was released on 19 November 2013 on the Erased Tapes record label. It has been described by Nils as a "collage of field recordings",[1] and includes music recorded over a 2-year period at different locations using a variety of methods including cassette and reel to reel tapes.[2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic90/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
The Arts Desk4/5 stars[4]
Clash9/10[5]
Drowned in Sound9/10[6]
Fact4.5/5 stars[7]
God Is in the TV Zine4/5 stars[1]
musicOMH4.5/5 stars[2]
The Observer4/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork Media7.8/10[9]
Popmatters9/10[10]
Under the Radar8.5/10 stars[11]

Spaces received general acclaim upon its release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received a score of 90, based on 15 reviews which is categorised as universal acclaim.[3] In his review for Pitchfork, Nick Neyland gave the album 7.8 out of 10 saying it was "an absorbing work, full of pensive moments cut together by music that thrives on dovetailing melodies that can be simultaneously mesmerizing and beautiful".[9] In his 4 star review on The Arts Desk, Kieron Tyler said the album didn't feel like "a conventional live album", but is a "seamless whole".[4]

The album was given an honorable mention in Pitchfork's Albums of the Year 2014 with Nick Neyland saying "There are magical properties here, giving Spaces a quality that makes it easy to forget the world outside during its absorbing duration".[12] While the album didn't make the full list Says from the album was ranked as number 47 on Pitchfork's The 100 Best Tracks of 2014 with Andrew Rice saying the track comes closest to capturing "the experience of seeing a Frahm concert"[13]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Nils Frahm.

No.TitleLength
1."An Aborted Beginning"1:34
2."Says"8:18
3."Said and Done"9:39
4."Went Missing"4:59
5."Familiar"5:38
6."Improvisation for Coughs and a Cell Phone"6:44
7."Hammers"3:48
8."For – Peter – Toilet Brushes – More"16:49
9."Over There, It's Raining"3:07
10."Unter – Tristana – Ambre"11:43
11."Ross's Harmonium"3:51
Total length:76:10

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mcdonald, Michael (19 November 2013). "Nils Frahm – Spaces (Erased Tapes)". God Is in the TV Zine. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b Mainzer, Jordan (18 November 2013). "Nils Frahm – Spaces". musicOMH. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Spaces – Nils Frahm". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b Tyler, Kieron (16 November 2013). "CD: Nils Frahm – Spaces". The Arts Desk. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  5. ^ James, Gareth (14 November 2013). "Nils Frahm – Spaces". Clash. Music Republic Ltd. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  6. ^ Warfield, Russell (22 November 2013). "Album Review: Nils Frahm – Spaces". Drowned in Sound. Silentway. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  7. ^ Kalev, Maya (2 December 2013). "Nils Frahm Spaces". Fact. The Vinyl Factory. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  8. ^ Carnwath, Ally (16 November 2013). "Nils Frahm: Spaces – review". The Observer. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  9. ^ a b Neyland, Nick (23 January 2014). "Nils Frahm: Spaces". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  10. ^ HC (21 January 2014). "Nils Frahm: Spaces". Popmatters. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  11. ^ Bridgewater, Paul (19 November 2013). "Nils Frahm: Spaces (Erased Tapes)". Under the Radar. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  12. ^ Neyland, Nick. "Albums of the Year 2014: Honorable Mention". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  13. ^ Rice, Andrew. "The 100 Best Tracks of 2014". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 22 May 2015.