- Mastered At – Dubplates & Mastering
- Recorded At – E7 Studios
- Recorded At – Durton Studio
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Erased Tapes Records Ltd.
- Copyright (c) – Erased Tapes Records Ltd.
- Design – Feld*
- Mastered By – Lupo*
- Mixed By – Nils Frahm (tracks: B1), Ólafur Arnalds (tracks: A1, A2)
- Written-By – Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode (Sticker): 4050486110478
- Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched): ERATP 042 LP A.45 RPM NN/FOR LOOP-O /CALYX 2015
- Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched): ERATP 042 LP B.45 RPM NN/FOR LOOP-O /CALYX 2015
Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm – Stare 12"
'Stare' was originally released as a limited edition 10" by Erased Tapes on Record Store Day in 2012. Olafur and Nils decided to create something special for label founder Robert Raths as a gift celebrating Erased Tape's 5th birthday. It marked the beginning of the golden age for these two. Posts on myspace of them hiking together in Iceland were much celebrated by fans and any true follower of Neo-classical will wax lyrical about the tour's they took together.
Now, as both maintain a much less 'indie' musical existence I look back on this release as souvenir from an exciting time where anything could come forth and boundaries were constantly being smashed.
The release itself generated a fair amount of chatter, not so much for its musicality but more for some of the odd choices the pair made when creating.
Firstly the tracks, at the time, did not sound anything like what you would have expected a collaboration between the two to sound like. Nil's signature tinkering of piano and Olafur’s strings were replaced (save for Anne Muller's haunting cello) with tense electronic drones and melancholic ambient washes. Olafur released a statement addressing complaints from fans that the tracks tended to end in such an abrupt fashion saying the pair "simply couldn't think of a good way to end the pieces".
Listening to the pieces now on the re-released 12' one hears foreshadows of Olafur's Kiasmos project and Nil's latest offering 'All Melody'. Each track carries a bassline and urgency that would make it fit well in both a dance set or ambient mixtape.
As always the wax comes with a download code for high quality digital playback (an addition more important with this release then most as, for some reason, it has made it onto the very small list of Erased Tapes releases that currently cannot be found on Spotify, making this vinyl just that much more important a piece on any collector shelf).
One last feature of this release that must be pointed out is the amazing remix that Max Cooper made for A2 (a bonus mp3 with the d/l). Clocking in at over 9 min long the piece subtly loops back on itself and can be hypnotizingly played on repeat ad infinitum. The beautiful piece springboarded Max's musical career (introducing yours truly to his sound) and is on the ever growing Quiet Calm wish list of tracks that need the vinyl treatment.