Nils Frahm has a new album on the way. music for animals, the 14th solo album by the German composer/producer, will be released on September 23 via his own label LEITER. Today he shared a preview of the record with lead single “Right Right Right”, along with a long list of North American and European tour dates from 2022 to 2024.
Like much of Frahm’s work, music for animals is simplistic and meditative, while still feeling expansive and full-bodied. In three hours, it could belong to the category of music that Erik Satie dubbed “furniture music” – music that falls effortlessly in the background – though it’s still gorgeous enough to grab your attention if you let her. Pre-orders for physical copies are underway.
“My constant inspiration was something as mesmerizing as watching a large waterfall or the leaves of a tree in a storm,” Frahm wrote in a press release. “It’s good that we have symphonies and music where there is a development, but a waterfall doesn’t need an act 1, 2, 3, then a denouement, not more than the leaves of a tree in a storm. Some people like to watch the leaves rustle and the branches move. This record is for them.
“Right Right Right” perfectly embodies this feeling. Featuring Frahm’s signature blend of house and classical music, the track is mostly synth chords that appear and disappear continuously, backed by a hypnotic, punchy beat.
Frahm’s tour begins with a three-night run in his hometown of Berlin. After making stops in Europe for the rest of 2022, he will start the North American leg in March 2023 in Montreal. From there he will visit cities like Brooklyn, Boston, Toronto, Chicago, Toronto and Los Angeles throughout the month. Then, in July 2024, he will play a four-night residency at the Barbican in London. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 24 at 9:00 a.m. local time; get yours and check the presale information on Ticketmaster.
Also below is the track listing and artwork for animal music, and listen to “Right Right Right”.
music for animals follows Frahm’s 2021 releases old friends new friends and Graz, the latter of which he released in honor of Piano Day.
music for animals Masterpieces:
music for animals List of tracks:
01. The dog with 1000 faces
02. Memory of molds
03. Seagull scene
04. Sheep in black and white
06. In Brief
07. Right Right Right
08. Square World
09. Lemon Day
Nils Frahm tour dates 2022-2024:
09/22 – Berlin, Germany @ Funkhaus
09/23 – Berlin, Germany @ Funkhaus
09/24 – Berlin, Germany @ Funkhaus
10/01 – Vienna, AT @ Konzerthaus
02/10 – Munich, DE @ Isarphilharmonie
10/10 – Katowice, PL @ NOSPR
10/11 – Wroclaw, PL @ NFM
10/14 – Brussels, BE @ Nuits Sonores at Bozar
10/15 – Heerlen, Netherlands @ Parkstad Limburg Theaters
10/16 – Leipzig, DE @ Gewandhaus
10/19 – Antwerp, BE @ Queen Elizabeth Hall
10/20 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Concertgebouw
21/10 – Aarhus, EK @ Musikhuset
23/10 – Copenhagen, DK @ Royal Danish Opera House
10/26 – Frankfurt, DE @ Alte Oper
24/11 – Prague, CZ @ Prague Sounds at Forum Karlin
26/11 – Paris, FR @ Salle Pleyel
27/11 – Paris, FR @ Salle Pleyel
04/19/23 – Montreal, QC @ Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
04/20/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theater
4/21/23 – Boston, MA @ Berklee Performance Center
04/22/23 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
4/23/23 – Chicago, Illinois @ TBD
4/26/23 – Vancouver, BC @ Chan Center
04/27/23 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount
04/28/23 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
4/29/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum
04/30/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum
11/07/24 – London, UK @ Barbican
12/07/24 – London, UK @ Barbican
07/13/24 – London, UK @ Barbican
7/14/24 – London, UK @ Barbican