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Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm reveal 46-minute live session, announce new EP Loon

01 September 2015, 16:52 | Written by Laurence Day

Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm have shared a 46-minute session, the result of extensive improvisations over one evening.

It was filmed/directed by Astronaut Magazine, Alexander Schneider and Mickael Brock. Its proper title is "Trance Frendz - An Evening With Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm", and explaining its creation, the duo say:

"After deciding to release the other studio collaborations, we planned to do a video session of us performing an improvised duo to promote the release. On the 28th of July 2015 we met up at Durton Studio in Berlin, and invited Alexander Schneider and his camera to document it. But instead of ending the session after the first take we continued to improvise throughout the night, ending up with several new pieces written and recorded in 8 hours with no overdubs and no edits.

"We felt there was something special in these songs. They arrived so quickly and so unexpectedly, and at the end of the night we had all this music that sounded unfamiliar even to us – loudly asking to be included in this collection, especially because our friendship and collaboration originally started with live improvisation on stage."

They've also announced a new EP called Loon, which is due out 2 October via Erased Tapes. It was recorded late last year in Frahm's Berlin studio, and acts as a natural progression from their Stare It was mixed and recorded straight to tape.

Last month Frahm and Arnalds revealed a new AA-side 7", with a cryptic clue as to further goings on.

Visit their website for more information.

Check out the 46-minute collaboration below.

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