Ben Frost – Ionia

Ben Frost has shared Ionia a new track ahead of the release of his fifth studio album, The Centre Cannot Hold, out on September 29 via Mute. Pre-order here.

The track follows the release of Threshold Of Faith, and will be available on streaming services beginning September 13. Ionia and a remix from JLIN will be available on 12” vinyl September 22. The remix will be available digitally on September 15.

The Centre Cannot Hold was recorded over ten days by Steve Albini in Chicago. The music exists not in space, but in a space; it is a document of an event, of a room, and of the composer within it. It is music that is not fully controlled and appears to be anxiously, often violently competing against its creator.

In collaborating with Albini, Frost chooses a new immediacy and raw directness. As an artist whose command of sound design lies at the heart of his practice, by placing himself primarily in the role of live performer and handing the studio recording process over to Albini, Frost continues pursuit of Theseus’ paradox; the question of whether a ship restored by replacing every single part remains the same ship.

Watch the video for Threshold Of Faith, the opening cut from the new album here. This video is a new collaboration shot in the winter of 2016 in Reykjavík, Iceland with conceptual documentary photographer Richard Mosse and cinematographer Trevor Tweeten.