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Ben Frost - By the Throat flac album

Performer: Ben Frost
Title: By the Throat
Style: Electronica,Ambient,Dark Ambient,Experimental
Duration: 45:53
Relesed: 2009
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 901
Other formats: MP3 DXD MP4 TTA MIDI VQF

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.

Track List

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 Killshot Ben Frost Ben Frost 6:11
2 The Carpathians Ben Frost Ben Frost 2:57
3 Ó God Protect Me Ben Frost Ben Frost 2:55
4 Híbakúsja Ben Frost Ben Frost 7:25
5 Untitled Transient Ben Frost Ben Frost 0:50
6 Peter Venkman Part I Ben Frost Ben Frost 4:29
7 Peter Venkman Part II Ben Frost Ben Frost 5:05
8 Leo Needs a New Pair of Shoes Ben Frost Ben Frost 7:04
9 Through the Glass of the Roof Ben Frost Ben Frost 1:35
10 Through the Roof of Your Mouth Ben Frost Ben Frost 4:34
11 Through the Mouth of Your Eye Ben Frost Ben Frost 2:48

Credits

Sam Amidon - Featured Artist
Amiina - Cello, Featured Artist, Viola, Violin
Paul Corley - Engineer, Percussion, Prepared Piano, Programming
Russell Fawcus - Strings
Ben Frost - Composer, Primary Artist, Producer
Jeremy Gara - Percussion
Borgar Magnason - Bass (Upright)
Nico Muhly - Harpsichord, Prepared Piano
Reviews (1)
Andronrad
Do you ever get anxiety? Have you ever listened to a piece of music which crushes that dreadful feeling inside your head? By The Throat is a piece of music that pushes out any discomfort that you may have and replaces it with its out artistic brand of hell. A powerful and cinematic experience that when truly submerged in to, will take you for a ride, to the nasty part of town, beat you down and leave you for dead. The good news is that when its finally over you'll be happy to be alive. While not extremely abrasive or noisy, relatively speaking, the journey it takes the listener on is cold, dangerous and difficult. It stands as a truly experimental and progressive piece of something like neo-classical music. Somewhere between Swans The Seer and Tim Heckers Virgins is Ben Frosts By The Throat - a modern electronic masterpiece.

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