The Centre Cannot Hold
|Release:||Released September 29th 2017|
|Product:||Limited edition blue coloured vinyl + digital download|
Densely-minded (in style, not intelligence) producer Ben Frost returns with fifth album The Centre Cannot Hold. The press releases hams it up: "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", which - you know - is pretentious as fuck but I'm sure for fans of claustrophobic, head-rattling experimental music this will be a big hitter this year. Available in a limited first pressing blue vinyl.
1. Threshold Of Faith
2. A Sharp Blow In Passing
3. Trauma Theory
4. A Single Hellfire Missile Costs $100,000
5. Eurydice’s Heel
6. Meg Ryan Eyez
9. All That You Love Will Be Eviscerated
10. Entropy In Blue
(The words of the press release, not us)
Ben Frost has announced details of his fifth studio album, ‘The Centre Cannot Hold’, due out via Mute.
‘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 preceded the album with ‘Threshold Of Faith’, a seven-track 12” and digital EP. 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”.