On Thursday I was at the Hackney Empire for the Erased Tapes 5th anniversary concert. It was a night of wonderful music, but there was no doubt who was the star of the show: Nils Frahm. His touch – here gentle, there brutal – is breathtaking. Whilst I was watching him play, mouth agape, I wrote him a poem of thanks.


‘To Nils Frahm’

I tried to write you a poem
one that sounded like pebbles
poured onto piano strings
but I gave up
no poem could ever hum
like a sonata of stone.


If you want to see what Nils can do live, watch this. Prepare to be amazed.