I can still feel my skin rippling from that Ben Frost gig. Those oceans of sound and vibration are overwhelming. -HallochHill
Ben Frost @ Littlefield microreview: The sound of the universe rending itself in two, as wolves howl into the cold. Gorgeous. Terrifying. -stribs
Ben Frost at Littlefield - Sept 15, 2010 (photo by l_c_m_tt_)
When Sónar Chicago first announced that Ben Frost would be on its inaugural line-up, their commitment to innovative electronic music became clear. This wasn't going to be a watered-down sibling to their annual Barcelona event, rather it would present dance music and experimental sounds in equal measure. Frost was an ideal candidate for bridging this gap, as his... powerful recent releases like 2007's Theory of Machines and last year's By the Throat, ensured this would be one of the most eagerly anticipated performances of the entire festival...While the review above comes from his show in Chicago as part of the Sonar festival, the tweets at the top (and the photo) come from Ben Frost's show last night (9/15) at Littlefield in Brooklyn.
Poised behind his laptop with a guitar in his hands, the image of Ben Frost on stage immediately evokes that of another guitar-laptop musician, Christian Fennesz. Instrumentation choice is where the similarities end, however, as Fennesz creates a more shimmering, ethereal reality of reserve and restraint. Frost opts instead to maximize the minimal, plotting an anxious course against the audience. With a debt owed to both Swans and Throbbing Gristle, there's little room for delicacy. -[Gapers Block]
The Icelandic electronic artist will do his best to pay any debt owed to Swans by playing Brooklyn Masonic Temple on 10/8 as the support act for the previously discussed Swans/Baby Dee shindig. Tickets are still available. Ben Frost will not appear at the now sold-out Swans show at Bowery Ballroom show on 10/9.
The NYC and Chicago show were a couple of a few that Ben Frost had planned for the US. Full tour dates and some video, including a live vid from Sonar, is below.
Sonar Chicago: Ben Frost
a conversation with BEN FROST - live @ MUTEK 2010
BEN FROST - 2010 TOUR DATES
Sep 17 2010 Southern Theatre - Minneapolis Minneapolis, MN
Sep 23 2010 Decibel Festival Seattle, WA
Sep 26 2010 National Concert Hall - Whale Watching Tour Dublin, Dublin, IRELAND
Sep 27 2010 Barbican - Whale Watching Tour London, London and, GB
Sep 28 2010 Vooruit - Whale Watching Tour Gent, Gent, BELGIUM
Oct 9 2010 Brooklyn Masonic Temple Brooklyn, NY