Mute has announced the release of Ben Frost’s next record, out on May 27th, 2014. This is Frost’s fifth solo release, his first since BY THE THROAT from 2009. A U R O R A – released in collaboration with Bedroom Community – will be preceded by a series of live dates, including a London performance at the Village Underground on April 26th.
Performed by Ben Frost with Greg Fox (ex-Liturgy), Shahzad Ismaily and Thor Harris (SWANS) and largely written in Eastern DR Congo, A U R O R A aims directly, through its monolithic construction, at blinding luminescent alchemy; not with benign heavenly beauty but through decimating magnetic force.
Born in 1980 in Melbourne, Australia, Frost relocated to Reykjavík Iceland in 2005 and working together with close friends Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nico Muhly, formed the Bedroom Community record label/collective.
His albums, including Steel Wound (2003), Theory of Machines (2007) and BY THE THROAT (2009) fuse intensely structured sound art with militant post-classical electronic music, shape-shifting physical power with immersive melody, concentrated minimalism with ﬁerce, rupturing dark metal. In 2010 he was chosen by Brian Eno as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé program for a year of collaboration, one of the outcomes of which was Sólaris; a re-scoring of the Tarkovsky classic for Poland’s Sinfonietta Cracovia. The pair continue to work together on a range of projects.
Frost regularly collaborates with other musicians and artists; in the production of albums such as Tim Hecker’s Ravedeath 1972 and Virgins, SWANS The Seer, Colin Stetson’s New History Warfare and on various Bedroom Community releases. On the stage Frost has produced scores for Choreographers including Wayne McGregor/Random Dance, Akram Khan, Gideon Obarzanek/Chunky Move, and German Director Falk Richter. In film he composed the score for the Palme d’Or nominated Sleeping Beauty by Julia Leigh, and Djúpið by Icelandic Director Baltasar Kormákur (with Daníel Bjarnason). And in the visual arts, where, with artist Richard Mosse, Frost travelled deep beyond the frontlines of war-torn Eastern Congo to produceThe Enclave; a multi-channel video and sound installation that premiered at the Venice Biennale in 2013.
BEN FROST LIVE:
4/26–Convergence Festival–London, ENGLAND
5/15–The Button Factory–Dublin, IRELAND
5/16–Triskel Arts Centre–Cork, IRELAND
5/17–CLICK Festival–Elisinore, DENMARK
5/20–Muziekgebouw at Trouw–Amsterdam, HOLLAND
5/21–UT Connewitz–Leipzig, GERMANY
5/23—MeetFactory–Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
5/24–Žedno Uho Festival–Zagreb, CROATIA
5/29–MUTEK Festival–Montreal, CANADA
6/12–Sonar Festival–Barcelona, SPAIN