Frieder Nagel invites his listeners to get lost in a universe that spans from euphoric to devastating excitement. He is known for managing projects in venues ranging from theatres to clubs, for concerts to audio-visual experiments - working with artists like David August, La Boum Fatale and Daniel Brandt (Brandt Brauer Frick). The first time he appeared on stage, in 2016 at Berlin's infamous Radialsystem V, armed with several synthesizers, effects, drum machines, one grand piano; and backed by the German Symphony Orchestra (DSO). This critically acclaimed debut was streamed by Boiler Room later and led to further collaborations with Philharmonie Essen or his ensemble show at Reeperbahn Festival.
Now finally Nagel ́s first solo work “Distract Robots” will be released by French label InFiné. This 12" has become an album in miniature with a final polish by mastering guru Zino Mikorey – known for his work for Nils Frahm ́s All Melody. This EP offers up a mystical world, full of warm synths and detailed sound clusters morphing into each other to form utterly dark and dystopian ballads. Nagel gets lost in obsessively endless sessions with his instruments. He isolates himself and spends night after night drifting away from reality. The result is that his tracks carry moments of utterly deep relief and deliverance, as well as despairing sadness and stoical escapism.
Includes unlimited streaming of "Distract Robots" via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more
released January 18, 2019
All tracks written, performed & produced by Frieder Nagel @ Resonant Workshop in Berlin
Vocals by Stefanie Mikus-Marx aka Mima, saxophone in They Kept walking played by Mark Wyand, additional drums in Run played by Wolfgang Haffner
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This superb album carries classical reinterpretations with style and innovation. The minimalist piano pieces are brought into a new light, infused with electronic ambient tracks that englobe the piano rather than just extracting a sampling snippet. Murcof’s style shinning through all of the composer's works making this a very meaningful album of dialogue between neo-classism, contemporary, minimalism, ambient, electronic music possible today. Margaret Harmer
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Like the soundtrack to a grand SF/horror movie, Versus builds tension quickly before spreading it across an epic soundscape. I try to minimise the number of genres in my collection, so have filed this as 'ambient', but it's a much more engaging listening experience than some would infer from that label. Rich Hims