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The Centre Cannot Hold

Catalog Number: HVALUR30

Released: September 29 2017

Buy CD €14.99 | Download €10 | LP €19.99

  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
  7. Ionia
  8. Healthcare
  9. All That You Love Will Be Eviscerated
  10. Entropy In Blue
Ben Frost's fifth studio album, The Centre Cannot Hold is now out on Bedroom Community.
 
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.
 
Watch the video for Threshold Of Faith, the opening cut from the new album, a new collaboration shot in the winter of 2016 in Reykjavík, Iceland with conceptual documentary photographer Richard Mosse and Cinematographer Trevor Tweeten.
 
Ben Frost released Threshold Of Faith, a seven-track 12” and digital EP, last month. 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”.
 
The album is available now on the Bedroom Community online store in limited blue vinyl LP, CD and digital (.mp3, .wav, .flac).

What the press says

These pieces, including the centerpiece “Eurydice’s Heel,” are downright awe-inspiring, like witnessing firsthand an apocalyptic barrage fall from the heavens.

Patric Fallon — Pitchfork (September 29th 2017) ★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

Beginning with a blistering crackle it goes on to discharge an electrical storm. Metallic sheets come in waves and spark off each other, only to be concluded with a sharp shot of air.

Bekki Bemrose — Drowned In Sound (September 29th 2017) ★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

Frost explores limitations, and this work forces exciting sonic textures to emerge amid ghostly electronics

Siobhan Kane — The Irish Times (September 29th 2017) ★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

“Intensity is always a part of what Frost does, but here it feels more raw, more visceral. This is violent music, surging and churning, always on the verge of obliteration.”

Jeff Terich — Treblezine (October 9th 2017) Read all reviews

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