• Gareth Crook

Tripping with Nils Frahm (2020) - 8/10

Updated: Apr 25

Do not enter unless beautifully minimal atmospheric music is your thing. If it is, come in a bathe. Before watching this, I knew the name Nils Frahm, but not really heard any of his music. I will always maintain that witnessing a live performance is the best way to discover new music but although this is only recording of such an event, it’s a pretty close second. Nils is in Berlin, at the amazing looking Funkhaus. Recorded across several performances in 2018, what’s essentially a concert film features an indulgent array of cameras capturing him playing solo. Surrounded in the round on an intimate stage by synths, sequencers, pianos and probably a ton of stuff I can’t accurately identify. These sort of films can be a little hit or miss, but for me this is a hit. The music is sublimely beautiful, the setting looks wonderful and the cut is elegant and simple. There’s no fluff, nothing more than there need be. As soon as artists are able to tour again. Go see Nils Frahm. I’ll be there.

8/10