Nils Frahm – ‘All Melody’

The first album i bought in 2018 was the much anticipated All Melody by Nils Frahm. Ever since the video snippet was posted on social media back in November i’ve been eagerly awaiting its’ release. It’s a much more varied album than some of the more intimate affairs such as Screws and Solo and it’s better for it. The inclusion of a 4/4 beat, a choir and a rich tapestry of instruments makes for an immersive listen whilst still maintaining a sombre mood throughout.

Nils Frahm is receiving much more airtime and column inches than in years gone by. Maybe it’s because i have become more of a fan of his music that i notice this. Hearing the track Human Range on Giles Petersons 6 Music show with its soft trumpet and haunting chants was both surprising and a joy given its a sound not necessarily associated with a Saturday afternoon.

Starting with the haunting choir opening on The Whole Universe Wants to be Loved leading into the electronica of Sunson and A Place, you could be forgiven for thinking this was a bit of a departure for Frahm. Further into the album the title track and #2 re-introduce the electronica. Again, never in your face or overpowering, just a gentle nod in the direction downbeat dance music.  Normal service is resumed on My friend the forest and Forever Changeless where some gentle piano work returns. The type of output that has formed a lot of his output over the years, beautiful yet familiar.

The closing stages of the album surface most of the lush textured ambient backdrops. Although Kaleidoscope raises the apparently tempo, it is housed in a synthesiser that keeps the overall vibe that the album has built up.

All Melody wasn’t immediate but over the course of half a dozen listens it became both an extension his work and still familiar at the same time. Very distinctively, Nils Frahm.

All Melody is an album that will lend itself to a live workout. I will find out soon as i see Nils play Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on March 1st.

Update: I didn’t see him in Glasgow because of the weather. The gig was cancelled. Gutted.

Jaykits Vol. 10

Jaykits Vol. 10 from 2015

  • Nada Es Para Siempre by Leandro Fresco
  • Crystal And Stuff by MisTek
  • In The Androgynous Dark by Brambles
  • Feathers by Poppy Ackroyd
  • EIO by Good Weather for an Airstrike with Inachus
  • Atomos VI by A Winged Victory For The Sullen
  • Familiar by Nils Frahm
  • Flown by Julianna Barwick
  • Campfire by Jon Hopkins
  • Daily Catachresis by Moss Garden
  • Sebastian Bergman Credits by Den Fordomde
  • Childhood by Alexander Desplat
  • Slow Breathing Circuit (A Winged Victory For The Sullen Remix) by Inventions
  • I Remember by Jon Hopkins
  • Glow by Lights & Motion
  • Springworlds by Inventions
  • Forbrydelsen (Neptune Mix) by Frans Bak

Jaykits Vol. 11

Jaykits Vol. 11 from 2016

  • Frank’s Axe Monologue by Frank Underwood
  • Opening Up by Horizontal Excursions
  • Chance by Ocoeur
  • The Art Of Forgetting Yourself by Kenneth James Gibson
  • Shadow Cutting by Ben Chatwin
  • Regenerative Being by Eluvium
  • Öldurót by Ólafur Arnalds
  • Time As A Reward (Album Version) by Warmth
  • The Blue Hour by Federico Albanese
  • Teil I by Kjartan Sveinsson
  • A Song For Europa by Jóhann Jóhannsson
  • Norrland by Gidge
  • Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand) by Irma Thomas
  • Tzar by Mogwai
  • We Don’t Submit Terror, We Make the Terror by Frank & Claire Underwood
  • Faith (The Field Remix) by I Break Horses

Jaykits Vol. 12

The 12th annual Jaykits mix is available. Had a lot of fun putting this together.

Tracklist:

  • Is He a Good Sheriff, or a Bad Sheriff? by Music From Fortitude
  • Pulsus by Billow Observatory
  • Empty Calls Quiet by Levi Patel
  • Rec Apr. 15, 18.32 by Illuvia
  • 3WW by Alt-J
  • Little’s Theme by Nicholas Brittell
  • Winding and Unwinding by Ben Lukas Boysen & Sebastian Plano
  • Permafrost by Ben Frost
  • Un Horizointe En Llamas by Leandro Fresco & Rafael Anton Irisarri
  • Young & Dumb by Cigarettes After Sex
  • Don’t Believe the Fife by Mogwai
  • Falling Ashes by Slowdive
  • Corroded Hymnal by Clark
  • Shadow by Chromatics
  • This Is Not Christmas by Music From Fortitude
  • Slow Slippy by Underworld
  • Welcome To Fortitude by Ben Frost
  • Opening by Ben Lukas Boysen & Sebastian Plano
  • Black Soma by 36
  • Dr. Khatri by Music From Fortitude
  • Novachord by Kid Koala

Top 10 Albums of 2017

A not bad year for music, not bad at all.

1. ‘Everything’ – Ben Lukas Boysen & Sebastian Plano
2. ‘Cigarettes After Sex’ – Cigarettes After Sex
3. ‘II:Plains/Patterns’ – Billow Observatory
4. ‘Slowdive’ – Slowdive
5. ‘Pop Ambient 2018’ – Various Artists
6. ‘Carry Fire’ – Robert Plant
7. ‘Don’t Get Lost’ – Brian Jonestown Massacre
8. ‘Music From Fortitude’ – Ben Frost
9. ‘Weather Diaries’ – Ride
10. ‘Music To Draw To : Satellite’ – Kid Koala featuring Emiliana Torrini