Behold! Ben Frost’s latest, fifth studio album is here. The Centre Cannot Hold took up 10 days of Chicago studio recording time, and ten days' wages for Steve Albini. Ben and Steve have created a chromatically dense record, glowing at the deep blue end of the spectrum. Expect submerged sounds to resurface in surprising places. CD, LP on Mute; the first pressing on blue vinyl. Of course.
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8/10 Jack Customer review, 5th March 2018
The 10th album of experimental ambient electronics from this artist out of Iceland (via Australia) provides icy and alien soundscape pods for inter-cranial travel. The songs are exotic and unusual, but not unfriendly—if you’re open to an expansive and enveloping listening experience. They also have great titles: “A Sharp Blow In Passing”, “Meg Ryan Eyez” and my favourite “All That You Love Will Be Eviscerated”. Gently throbbing auras drift by your ears, leaving a ghostly assortment of shadow-sound trails and exploratory, tentacled audio hugs.
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