Frost – top ten albums

Frost is the Norwegian electronica project of creative couple Aggie Peterson and Per Martinsen. 

Between them they’ve dabbled in a variation of projects, such as staging art shows for babies, writing dystopian ‘transmedia’ novels, composing scores for silent movies, building sub-bass driven laser installations and putting up stage performances with strange, blonde alter-egos.

Here they share their top ten favourite albums with us.

Cocteau Twins – Treasure

Liz Fraser’s voice is just one of the most beautiful ever, the way she plays around with melodies, textures and weird prononciations is so original and so impressive at the same time. Yet she makes it sound so easy, natural and relaxed. We just love the atmosphere of this album.

The KLF – Chill Out

A true classic. Put on your headphones and lie down, or jump on a train and look out the window as the music plays and the landscape rushes by. It’s funny how some of the themes of the duo’s later mega-hits (which we’re not crazy about) can be heard deep beneath the layers. A great exercise in camoflagued pop muzik.

The Future Sound of London – Accelerator

FSOL were masters of getting the balance between sound-design and great music just right. Even at their roughest they always show some sense of sophistication in their work.

OMD – Architecture and Morality

OMG we love OMD! We’ve both listened a lot to their early releases, full of mellow, lo-fi synth-pop. We even did a live cover of their song “Messages” as a tribute to this fantastic pioneering band. It’s fun to notice how they very often use a synth theme as a chorus, instead of vocals. Synthesizers are beautiful things, and sometimes they should be the main attraction of a song.

Bj̦rk РHomogenic

Just mindblowing. The details in the production, Björk’s intense voice and quirky sense of storytelling. Fantastic songs. Great pop. “Hyperballad” is one of our favourite songs ever.

Portishead – Dummy

Introvert, heart-wrenched, deep, emotional. A very important soundtrack to our lives in the ’90s. Not about tv, glamour and celebrity. About music and using one’s senses. Pop how it should be. Pop from the void.

Kraftwerk – Man Machine

Being electronic musicians, it’s obvious to drop Kraftwerk, we know. But then we grew up with the older rock generation quoting The Beatles and The Stones whenever they opened their mouths, so there you are.

Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

A record that changed rock forever. The lonely isolation of every sound in the production, the icy reverb on one of the most emotionally charged vocal deliveries in music history, the energy of the band. Classic stuff.

Air – Moon Safari

Playful and electronic. Great use of vocoders and analogue synths. Funny English-French. Cute songs, like “Sexy Boy” and “Kelly watch the stars” (who is this Kelly anyway?! Alain Braxe/Fred Falke, When the saints go machine – they all go on about her).

Burial – Untrue

Again, it’s all about layering tons of emotion with immaculate sound-design and huge spaces. When we first heard this we were shocked over the fact that this was made in South London, and not on some desolate mountain far into the Arctic. We can hear our own roots in here. Amazing!

Frost have a new single on the way – Something New – and here’s the rather lovely video that goes with it:

Frost – Something New from frostnorway on Vimeo.

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Sarah is a former editor of Louder Than War and a freelance music writer for numerous other publications online and in print. Co-owner of Reckless Yes Records she has put out music by LIINES, Pet Crow and lots of other awesome bands as well as put on shows by bands including Bivouac, Mark Morriss, Desperate Journalist and Dream Nails. She's an author, user experience designer and digital content strategist, as well as an occasional broadcaster. Sarah is a compulsive collector of coloured vinyl, a believer in the boogie and is in love with possibilities.


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