FS Blumm & Nils Frahm
Music for Wobbling Music versus Gravity
Sonic Pieces

For an album that carries the cumbersome title of “Music for Wobbling Music versus Gravity,” the newest offering from F.S. Blumm & Nils Frahm is surprisingly fluid with jazz-inflected motifs finding space among the mellow classical lines.  The music was captured during live improvisations which were edited down later and turned into 15 pieces that are laid back, but not meditative as Blumm and Frahm always push the material to be engaging and alluring.  Acoustic guitar and piano dominate the proceedings, but the duo wisely place a few curve balls into “Music for Wobbling Music versus Gravity”: clean and ringing chimes on “Silently Sharing,” spools of reverse delays on “B,” and percussive scrapes on “Juri.”  The album is a lighter, more optimistic version of the typically excellent Sonic Pieces label. – Ryan Potts, Experimedia

Philippe Petit & Friends

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"Cordophony," the latest opus from French composer Philippe Petit has an incredible list of contributors. Aidan Baker, Nils Frahm, & Raphaelle Rinaudo are just a few of the names in the list. With so many different voices contributing to the entirety of "Cordophony," it’s no surprise that these are dense pieces of wonderfully dissonant music. Tracks like opener, "Gli occhi freddi della vendetta," and "Many-minds in Many-worlds" have a surreal energy to them. They move along at a quick pace, descending further and further into darkness. It is all quite odd in the best way and assembled with great skill. Other pieces feel mournful and haunted. There’s a ton of different styles and emotions at play here, but it all feels cohesive. "Cordophony" is like some long-lost relic of another time period, dusted off and released into a brand new world. - Brad Rose, Experimedia