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Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm Drop Surprise Single


Purveyors of the weird and wonderful, Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm, have released a new 2-track single today called ‘Life Story’ / ‘Love And Glory’.

Only announced yesterday, the release is a live improvised piano recording made in 2012 at Frahm’s Durton Studio in Berlin. “You can hear in the beginning of ‘Life Story’ how I have already started playing the piano whilst Nils is still moving microphones around and preparing everything. It was all kept in!“ says Arnalds.

The record follows the recent re-issuing of the pair’s collaborative Stare EP (also created in 2012), but more interestingly could prove to be the first of many new works from the duo given their new website and hints in the press release that “this may not be the end to their musical story this year.” Frahm explains how the pair would “meet in Reykjavik or Berlin with the intention to share some days off work, hiking, swimming or eating pizza. That is great for a couple days’ he continues, “but after a while we would always end up back in the studio, fiddling with synths or pianos.”

Dropping via Erased Tapes, the record is out now exclusively on 7″ vinyl, with a digital release planned for later this year. Below you can watch a German TV broadcast of Arnalds and Frahm’s recent impromptu live collaboration at Haldern Pop Festival alongside Janus Rasmussen of Kiasmos.


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