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The Centre Can­not Hold ★★★★ Mute/Bed­room Com­mu­nity

In 2013, Frost wrote an opera in­spired by Iain Banks’s hor­ror novel

The Wasp Fac­tory, and that piece of work – about de­prav­ity and iso­la­tion – can be felt in this, his ex­cep­tional new record. Ear­lier this year, Frost re­leased the EP Thresh­old of Faith, the re­sult of time spent with Steve Al­bini, and The Centre Can­not Hold, where Aphex Twin meets the best of Mas­sive At­tack, builds on that nar­ra­tive. Frost ex­plores lim­i­ta­tions, and this work forces ex­cit­ing sonic tex­tures to emerge amid ghostly elec­tron­ics on A

Sharp Blow in Pass­ing, del­i­cate doom on Meg Ryan Eyez, play­ful pac­ing on the ur­gent-sound­ing Io­nia and the care­fully re­strained

Health­care. Mean­while, All That You Love Will Be Evis­cer­ated sounds like a thou­sand but­ter­flies re­lent­lessly flap­ping their wings. This is a rig­or­ous, beau­ti­ful achieve­ment. ben­­

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