‘Screws’ – A Beautiful EP by Pianist Nils Frahm

Screws is the title of an EP by the German composer and pianist Nils Frahm. Released back in September, this free release is the result of an unfortunate accident which left the musician with a broken thumb. Understandably, breaking any finger is really bad news for a pianist but Nils managed to see this experience in the most positive light he could and so he began to play his piano again with only nine fingers. By the time he had to have his cast removed he had recorded nine tracks.

It’s interesting to read Nil’s take on this experience. I particularly like how he discusses the tracks he made.

“They have helped me feel less annoyed about my accident and reminded me that any good is something I can only achieve, when I am making the most out of what I’ve got.”

They’re wise words and the EP is a beautiful and simple collection of much, with each track filled with sweetness and sadness. I highly recommend you give it a listen and take some time to appreciate what you’ve got. If you like what you hear you can download a copy here or pre-order a vinyl or CD edition through Erased Tapes online store.

December 3, 2012 / By