Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ben Frost - A U R O R A (Mute) (2014)

Under The Skin was an awful movie, just like that glossy pile Upstream Color. An artistic approach to the sci-fi genre that foregoes any discernible storytelling for mood and visuals. A movie like Snowpiercer is incredibly flawed (it made less sense than a piggy bank lol) but that's because it has actual plot that can be criticized. It's nice you directed some music videos but please leave the sci-fi genre alone. I want to see a plasma pistol blow an alien's brains into zero gravity, not fifteen minutes of a slow zoom on someone's fingernail. (Her and Eternal Sunshine... are obvious exceptions. But both would've been better with plasma pistols.)

Which leads us to Ben Frost's A U R O R A. This album is exactly the type of music to be expected in an incoherent art movie. Ambient, drone, industrial, you know the drill. It's misanthropic electronic music with some dude banging on drums. (The dude is Thor Harris from Swans.) It's perfect for flashback scenes in the haunted abandoned mental hospital. It's a bit much. Like a Brian Eno CD sold at Hot Topic. Ben Frost makes ambient music for people with face tattoos. If you're not feeling angsty enough, Tim Hecker released a new song called "Amps, Drugs, Mellotron" via Adult Swim.


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