Nils Frahm took to the SECC Armadillo in Glasgow’s Exhibition Centre to make up for the gig that didn’t happen last February due to the beast from the east, or the snowmageddon, whatever you want to call it. However, as someone that was not able to make that gig last year, I was certainly more than happy it had been rescheduled by a year, as I don’t recall being this excited about music as I was when I was introduced to Radiohead in my teens.
Nils Frahm, merely a year older than myself, is a super-talented German musician, composer, and record producer based in Berlin. Known for combining classical and electronic music and for his unconventional approach to the piano in which he mixes a grand piano, upright piano, Roland Juno-60, Rhodes piano, drum machines, and Moog Taurus, there is much anticipation in the Glasgow air this evening for what awaits us. With no support, we are in for a treat, an intense Nils Frahm set of his epic twelve-minute-long ditties.
A modern day Mike Oldfield without the need to introduce all of his instruments, it is revitalising to watch this modest but true hard-working ethic approach to this evening’s performance. Surprising that this is my first introduction to his music, whilst sat in the large surroundings of Glasgow’s SECC Armadillo. How did I miss this vastly talented composer, until now?
Dynamic, visceral, with a grace that makes it look like he is pulling this entire gig off with ease, there is an overall feeling of privilege from the audience to be witnessing this wonderfully intense performance. His sheer modesty, humour and unassuming character simply added to a gig that was centred entirely around the music. Often moving from stripped down piano pathos to looping euphotic synths, the pace at which this gig moves is difficult to follow, I am just very aware of my heart pulsating with the beats of the music. Diverse and eclectic in style, there is no regrets coming to this gig tonight, my only regret was in the consumption of the coffee just previous to this.