BEN FROST

The Cen­tre Can­not Hold MutE The So­laris/For­ti­tude sound­track com­poser’s fifth, recorded with Steve Al­bini.

Prog - - Limelight - MB

The video for Thresh­old Of Faith – dis­ori­en­tat­ingly shot, and treated to ap­pear as vivid blue and eerie white – fea­tures images of a man’s pale, soaked up­per torso be­ing wired up to some kind of med­i­cal ap­pa­ra­tus, deep blue wa­ter cur­rents rush­ing past ghostly fish, and bil­low­ing black and blue clouds. It al­most per­fectly re­flects Frost’s mu­sic. The Ice­land-based Aus­tralian’s main in­stru­ment is the gui­tar, but what­ever the main sound source on this track, it’s elec­tron­i­cally pro­cessed to within an inch of its life and ro­tates on an ec­cen­tric cy­cle along with crunchy clouds of dig­i­tal noise and sub-bass notes go­ing off like depth charges. A lu­mi­nous key­board melody rises up out of the dark­ness to­wards the close. All the mu­sic here, though pow­er­ful and at times rather for­bid­ding, has a sense of dis­tance.

The care­fully picked gui­tar notes and deep pulses of Meg Ryan Eyez seem shrouded in a sonic gauze, while on Io­nia, mas­sive bass notes punch out from the back­ground through a sea of ab­stract, churn­ing sound. Health­care is a pro­ces­sion of huge, shud­der­ing gui­tar chords, but like many of these pieces, it ul­ti­mately finds its res­o­lu­tion, in this case with a lovely, translu­cent key­board melody.

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