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BY THE THROAT

Catalog Number: HVALUR6

Released: November 09 2009

Buy CD €11.99 | Download €7 | LP €17.99

  1. Killshot
  2. The Carpathians
  3. O God Protect Me
  4. Híbakúsja
  5. Untitled Transient
  6. Peter Venkman Pt.I
  7. Peter Venkman Pt.II
  8. Leo Needs A New Pair Of Shoes
  9. Through The Glass Of The Roof
  10. Through The Roof Of Your Mouth
  11. Through The Mouth of Your Eye
  1. BONUS TRACK: Studies for Michael Gira
  2. BONUS TRACK: Theory of Machines (Reprise)
Bonus tracks are available in digital form when you buy from this website.

Ben Frost represents one of today’s new breed of composers who conjures an aural broth that inhabits an amorphous cross-section of genres. It's impossible to truly classify where he is coming from musically and to simply label him an experimental electronic musician brings no justice whatsoever. His recent performance at Sonar was heralded by Resident Advisor as being "awe inspiring...the most visceral show of the festival".

The music Ben Frost is about contrast; influenced as much by Classical Minimalism as by Punk Rock and Metal, Frost's throbbing guitar-based textures emerge from nothing and slowly coalesce into huge, forbidding forms that often eschew conventional structures in favor of the inevitable unfoldings of vast mechanical systems.

Three years from the release of his acclaimed Theory of Machines, Frost has returned with his second full-length for Bedroom Community, BY THE THROAT. Where Theory of Machines came sterilized in fluorescent light, BY THE THROAT is blood red and cloaked in shadow. Produced in Iceland by Ben Frost and Valgeir Sigurðsson, BY THE THROAT also features performances by Amiina, The Arcade Fire's Jeremy Gara, Swedish metal outfit Crowpath and composer Nico Muhly.

What the press says

"Music community, brace yourselves. Ben Frost is set to occupy 'best of' lists again... ominous and devastated... Frost at his most beautiful... It’s shocking how fresh and unique this album is, a truly singular artist at the height of his craft."

Keith Pishnery — Word - Like a Scientist (September 19th 2009) Read all reviews

"BY THE THROAT plunges into a dense, dark and threatening network of subterranean galleries... If 'Theory Of Machines' was the sound of engineering gone wrong, By The Throat is that of nature shutting down, bringing all life forms down in its fall."

themilkman — The Milk Factory (September 25th 2009) ★★★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

"This is no easy ride... you'll be exposed to music that's both viscerally hard on the ears and achingly beautiful... Formidable and far-reaching... (BY THE THROAT) might be one of 2009's most singularly impressive listening experiences and very likely the only record you'll hear this year whose repertoire consists of both luscious classical chamber compositions and the hunting calls of killer whales."

Boomkat (October 1st 2009) Read all reviews

"BY THE THROAT is a break in the evolutionary ladder, a jump across links in the Darwinian chain, a re-mapping of sonic DNA. Frost has taken modern music off the respirator and sent it once again trekking into the wild unknown."

Richard Allen — The Silent Ballet (October 5th 2009) ★★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

"...in 2007 I described his music as ambient hardcore – psychologically raw, punishing... That album left a lasting impression on me... I didn’t think that 'Theory Of Machines' could be outdone, that is until I put on BY THE THROAT. Frost’s onslaught is incredible. I stand applauding."

Headphone Commute (October 18th 2009) Read all reviews

"Ben Frost had influenced what By The Throat 'looks' like to me before I'd even heard it, memorably telling the Krakow Post its visual palette is “like the glow from a lava flow, or a burning church.” ...a stunning roiling compact of pained human breath, serrated slashes of random frequency and spurts of electronic noise flapping across the stereo channels."

Chris Power — Drowned in Sound (October 21st 2009) ★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

"...As equally terrifying as it is breathtaking, as claustrophobic as it is expansive, and as squarely rooted in the 21st century as it is timeless. Minimalism for the post-apocalypse... The best album of 2009"

Ryan Hall — In Your Speakers (November 1st 2009) Read all reviews

"Reaches right out of the thought bubble and punches you out of your skin."

David Stubbs — BBC (November 10th 2009) Read all reviews

Like a great horror film where one wants desperately to look away but cannot, it attracts and repels so convincingly that one must listen to it over and again in order to uncover its many—often terrible—secrets.

All Music (December 3rd 2009) ★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

Frost's work is more than a hall of terrors: These vivid instrumentals, which seem menacing at first, also feel somehow triumphant when heard again – new details becoming more crucial. By the Throat might frighten on the first listen, and it might shock by the 12th. But, somewhere in between, Frost – both a compelling new musical dramaturge and arranger – might just show you the silver lining of all these fears. 

Grayson Currin — Pitchfork (March 5th 2010) ★★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

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