Ben Frost’s set at Primavera 2010 is probably one of the highlights of my festival/gig-going life. The phenomenal intensity of his vicious, growling drones seemed to penetrate my very core in a way that little had ever done before. It took on a visceral, physical form, ceasing its existence as sound and mutating into a new form of destructive yet transcendental energy. Put simply, it was fucking incredible.
So it shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise that the announcement of new output is welcomed with open arms. However, this avowal of a consciously biased opinion shouldn’t serve to put any prospective listeners off, as the recent collaboration with Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason is but another sublime addition to his already impressive roster. The combination of Frost’s ominous, aggressive noise-palette with Bjarnason’s dissonantly elegiac arrangements feels totally and immediately harmonious, adding many and varied strings to both musicians’ bows. It’s a richly textured record of romantic bliss and existential angst that grows in complexity and profundity on every listen. It’s also highly recommended as a soundtrack to the onset of winter. Brrrrr, indeed.
Listen to two sample tracks from the collaborative album, Solaris, below.
Plus, as a special bonus to make the middle of your week a tad more exciting, here’s a solo album from each – Bjarnason’s majestic Processions and Frost’s terrifying By The Throat. Enjoy…
Image is the Polish film poster for Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris, by Andrzej Bertrandt.