Various Artists: Late Night Tales; Nils Frahm (latenighttales/Southbound)

 |   |  <1 min read

Peaks by Dictaphone
Various Artists: Late Night Tales; Nils Frahm (latenighttales/Southbound)

Elsewhere has most often enjoyed these Late Night Tales compilations (and has written about quite a few) where someone famous (or little known) is invited to make a vaguely themed collection, and this one by Berlin-based composer Nils Frahn -- whose idiom is sort of electronica-classical -- is a real gem.

It opens with his cover of John Cage's famous 4:33 (and it's not what you might think if you know that piece, and it's only 3:43) before it segues into  some gentle water-splashing music  by the Baka people from Cameroon (shades of Jon Hassell) then eases through a panoply of artists and styles which include soft electronica and synth music, a processed piece from a 78rpm record by Gene Autry, a vocal-processed piece by Boards of Canada, an extract from Miles Davis' Concierto de Aranjuez, British danceband leader Victor Silvester (from another 78), the Penguin Cafe Orchestra and on to his own solo, ambient piano piece.

There is a gentle romanticism at the heart of what's here across these 22 interlocked tracks and it ends with yet another seven minute extract from In the Morning read by actor Cillian Murphy (an outro I can most often do without to be honest, but this Edna Walsh story is rather interesting).

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Various artists: The Cramps' Jukebox (Chrome Dreams/Triton)

Various artists: The Cramps' Jukebox (Chrome Dreams/Triton)

The Cramps' passion for old rock'n'roll is well known: they are archivists for music styles, bands and old singles which might have otherwise been forgotten or lost. This double disc (with a... > Read more

Jacob Young: Sideways (ECM/Ode)

Jacob Young: Sideways (ECM/Ode)

With the same refined band as on his ECM debut of three years or so ago, this Norwegian-American guitarist has once again crafted an album of subtle shades, gentle lyricism and persuasive melodies.... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Ornette Coleman: Friends and Neighbors (Flying Dutchman/Border)

Ornette Coleman: Friends and Neighbors (Flying Dutchman/Border)

The day I interviewed Ornette Coleman -- the composer/jazz musician I place above all others for captivating and unpredictable music-- the stars seemed in a peculiar and happy alignment. I rarely... > Read more

THE ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: APRA Silver Scroll nominee 2012 Anna MacDonald (Annah Mac)

THE ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: APRA Silver Scroll nominee 2012 Anna MacDonald (Annah Mac)

The annual APRA Silver Scroll award acknowledges excellence in songwriting, so at Elsewhere we modified our Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire and tailored it to be specifically about the craft of... > Read more