At number 18 I am going for another instrumental – ‘Says’ by Nils Frahm. Now I know what you’re thinking – nine minutes of a guy with headphones playing a keyboard, life’s just too short – but once it gets going all sense of time is lost and if you think you know where it is headed after a few minutes, you’re wrong.
I first got into Nils with his Screws album (available for free here) which he wrote and played whilst recovering from a broken thumb, with necessity being the mother of invention of some beautiful melodies. However on the excellent Spaces album, out last month, he has both hands in full effect. The only reason it’s not my number one is that I only heard it for the first time two weeks ago, and didn’t want to skew the list to things that are top of mind.
Afterwards, scroll down for Andy and Roy’s number 18s..