Nils Frahm – Day

Despite recent stints of experimentation, the prolific Berlin-based pianist Nils Frahm showcases a love for simplicity on new album Day

Album Review by Liam Casci | 27 Feb 2024
  • Nils Frahm
Album title: Day
Artist: Nils Frahm
Release date: 1 Mar

Day is the latest release through LEITER – a label founded by Nils Frahm and his manager Felix Grimm – which follows 2022's sprawling Music For Animals. It’s a welcome return to the neoclassical ambiance and subtle minimalism heard on some of the composer’s most cherished work. 

With just six tracks, the album feels short but never rushed; from the introspective opener You Name It and through the feathery delicacy of Tuesday to the encouraged charm of Changes, the album strolls at a contemplative pace. 

As is to be expected, the intimacy of the project is palpable. Whether it’s the creaking of an occupied seat, a relaxed breath cycle, or – as can be heard on the smoothly textured lead-teaser Butter Notes – the bark of a talkative canine, it creates an immersive atmosphere as though Frahm is playing before you, performing beneath a canopy of black and white keys. 

Despite a hectic travel and touring schedule and the ambition of an expanding sound and repertoire, Frahm benefits from knowing that he can always take respite, sit in front of a piano and simply play. 

Listen to: You Name It, Butter Notes, Changes