I first listened to Ben Frost when he released his sophomore full length album, Theory Of Machines on Bedroom Community back in 2007. I described his music as ambient hardcore - psychologically raw, punishing, and overdriven guitars, with reverberated pads and rhythms that mutate into white noise and back, sending chills that originate deep from within your ear canal and slide down to your toenails. That album left a lasting impression on me. Enough to select it as one of the best albums of the year until I put on By . .
I first listened to Ben Frost when he released his sophomore full length album, Theory Of Machines on Bedroom Community back in 2007.
This time the approach - which is clear by the title and the pack of wolves in a snowstorm on the cover - is in reverse. On By the Throat he uses far more organic textures as a base, whether they be from animal or human worlds, layering electronics and other effects atop them.
Frost's By The Throat is curiously conceptualized within my head, an album that has a story, whether or not it was his aim isn't the point. What is the point is he has made an album that is a darkly, almost hollow energy about it where your imagination can run wild with frightful ideas. Instantly you hear the wolves howl that is bone-chilling throughout "The Carpathians", its an everlasting presence within By The Throat . It eventually becomes superimposed within the construct of By The Throat and its wonderfully done. The only thing you need to do is create the ending.
Great album by Ben Frost, who is an underrated, but incredibly capable sound artist in the same veins of Tim Hecker or Jon Hopkins. By The Throat shows all his creativity while modulating different sounds and samples, to create an obscure and gelid sonic experience. The perfect winter record. Or consider a donation? Antony and the Johnsons.
By The Throat, Ben Frost's second release, doesn't disappoint anyone who enjoyed Theory of Machines. It retains a lot of his characteristic music motifs (dissonant synths) and some thematic callbacks (Killshot, for example, employs a lot of deep, heavy bass hits a la Stomp from Theory of Machines). At the same time, By The Throat develops a very different musical soundscape from Theory of Machines. I bought this album without even bothering to listen to a sample, and my faith (albeit blind) was well-rewarded. It's not for everyone - it very much earns its label of experimental music, but if you're at all remotely into this kind of sound, it's an amazing experience. I first listened to Ben Frost when he released his sophomore full length album, Theory Of Machines on Bedroom Community back in 2007.