Ben Frost

The Centre Cannot Hold

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The Centre Cannot Hold was recorded over ten days by Steve Albini in Chicago. The music exists not in space, but in a space; it is a document of an event, of a room, and of the composer within it. It is music that is not fully controlled and appears to be anxiously, often violently competing against its creator.
An exercise in limitation and chromatic saturation, The Centre Cannot Hold is an attempt at transcribing a spectrum of glowing ultramarine into sound.
Ben Frost released Threshold Of Faith, a seven-track 12” and digital EP, last month. Pitchfork describe the track title track as “moving from heroic vistas into a garbled, snow-blinded melee. Distant choral pads, a glistening upper-register sheen, submerged piano, and groaning harmonies all stack up into a geologic crescendo that extends into infinity.” while The 405 describe the EP as “scorching and beautiful”.


Barry says: I once saw Ben Frost at Mauerpark in Berlin. I tweeted him to ask what he was doing there (a stupid question as he was doing the exact thing I was, watching bad open-air Karaoke). His response was that he was 'Collecting Owls' which he must have been as good at as he was at making life altering earth-shaking electronic clouds of bliss, because there wasn't an owl to be seen.

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