German pianist and composer Nils Frahm has surprise released a new album called Graz in honour of Piano Day, a yearly event set up by Frahm and others in 2015 and celebrated on the 88th day of each year. The album, described as “an unheard snapshot of a young Nils,” is out now digitally and May 21 on vinyl via Erased Tapes. Listen to it below.
Graz was recorded in 2009 at Mumuth, the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, as part of the thesis Conversations for Piano and Room by Thomas Geiger. Frahm explained in a press release: “Sometimes when you hear a piano, you might think it’s a conversation between a woman and a man. At the same time, it can hint at shapes of the universe and describe how a black hole looks. You can make sounds that have no relation to anything we can measure.”