NIls Frahm x Ólafur Arnalds – “Wide Open” (Stereogum Premiere)

NIls Frahm x Ólafur Arnalds - "Wide Open" (Stereogum Premiere)

Both Nils Frahm and Ólafur Arnalds create ambient environments with a large instrumental palette and give distinct nods to Brian Eno, but they do so from different vantage points. On Frahm’s albums, the individual tracks tend to inhabit different scenery, characters, and textures, yet are bound together with a shared focus and love of keyboards. Arnalds’ impressionistic pieces work together cohesively within the framework of an album and usually employ a fuller orchestra. Even though Frahm is from Germany and Arnalds is native to Iceland, it almost seems like the two composers could be long lost brothers. “Wide Open” is a taken from their third collaborative project so far, an upcoming EP titled LOON, and it adds a new layer to their growing stack of collaborations. It’s a soothing, crackly, slow-gliding track with chilly electronics.

Additionally, Erased Tapes is releasing a two-disc CD compilation, simply titled Collaborative Works, containing this EP and their two other projects, Stare and Life Story Love And Glory. The second disc features material that Frahm and Arnalds created during a studio session while filming a short film titled TRANCE FRIENDZ, which can be watched below. Clearly these guys have a strong musical partnership going on.

LOON is out 10/2 and Collaborative Works is out 10/30 via Erased Tapes.