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Nils Frahm and his childhood friends, Frederic Gmeiner and Sepp Singwald, joined by Andrea Belfi and Peter Broderick, merge post-rock, jazz, modern classical, and studio-as-instrument aesthetics in their 2nd full length under the Nonkeen banner
“nonkeen return to R&S Records with the swift follow up to their debut album ‘The Gamble’.
‘Oddments of the Gamble’ is a continuation of the unique, analogue concoctions that formed the first album – very much like a ‘part two’ in many ways. Although it inevitably draws on a similar formula to the previous LP – pensive loops and melodies, sweeping arpeggios, post-rock jams, and rolling jazz breaks – Oddments of the Gamble still stands alone as another statement from the trio despite originating from the same recording session.
Fresh listeners will encounter the holistic expressiveness of a substantial and beautifully put together album; while existing fans of nonkeen can expect another facet of the band to emerge on this record, one that is distinctively more euphoric than that of the hazier, more brooding prequel.
nonkeen’s history has always been shaped by the mysterious convergence of coincidence with the band’s steady exploration of as yet unheard sounds. After all, ever since Frederic Gmeiner, Nils Frahm and Sepp Singwald discovered, in their childhood days, a shared passion for rudimentary tape machines, they’ve refused to shy away from letting their music respond to the erratic nature of their recording process. What started as a playground radio show in a suburb of Hamburg, where Gmeiner and Frahm experimented with their cassette players and the noises of their daily environment, soon developed into a long-lasting friendship, and eventually led to the foundation of nonkeen. So those in possession of their debut album, The Gamble, will require little introduction to the band’s most loyal member, Chance.
Choosing only their favourite tracks for the debut album ‘The Gamble’ turned out to be a challenging endeavour: there were still too many for a single album. The only solution, therefore – according to the band – was to make several albums, but this didn’t make things much easier: the next question was which album to release. Refusing to let such matters get the better of them, they agreed to flip a coin: let Chance decide and the band would follow, with the winning album known as The Gamble. But the warm reception that followed its release flattered Gmeiner, Frahm and Singwald, encouraging them to make available the collection that had first lost the toss: The Oddments Of The Gamble. After all, everything – just like everyone – deserves a second chance.”