A U R O R A is Ben Frost’s highly anticipated fifth solo release, his first since the widely acclaimed 2009 album BY THE THROAT.
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.
This is no pristine vision of digital music, it is a filthy, uncivilized offering of interrupted future time where emergency flares illuminate ruined nightclubs and the faith of the dancefloor rests in a diesel-powered generator spewing forth its own extinction, eating rancid fuel so loudly it threatens to overrun the very music it is powering.
released 26 May 2014
Performed by Ben Frost with Shahzad Ismaily, Greg Fox and Thor Harris.
Production Executed by Ben Frost, Paul Corley, Valgeir Sigurðsson and Daniel Rejmer.
Additional Sound Designs and Production by Lawrence English and Tim Hecker.
Recorded between 2011 and 2013 in Eastern DR Congo, EMPAC New York and Reykjavík by Daniel Rejmer, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Paul Corley, Paul Evans and Ben Frost.
Assisted by Alexander Overington, Jonathan Kawchuk, Emanuele Porcinai and Adrian Libeyre Ramirez.
Mixed, Mastered and laid to rest by Valgeir Sigurðsson and Ben Frost at Greenhouse Studios, Reykjavík Iceland in December 2013.
The music of 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....more