Thursday, July 30, 2009

REVIEW: Bora Yoon/Ben Frost - The Journal Of Popular Noise Issue #8

7.5 out of 10

The Journal of Popular Noise is a semi-annual audio magazine inspired by the traditions of pop music, printed periodicals, and the delight of a finely crafted artifact. They print everything in limited editions. Lucky for us, some of those issues have been placed into MP3 format via Amazon.

In this issue we hear Bora Yoon, a delicate woman making sounds from various pedals, found sounds, and other bizzaro fx, collaborate with Ben Frost who's, well, ..amazing. Mr. Frost produces the smartest/most non-organic (yet, somehow organic) electronic/ambient music out there. He also runs a label that is home to the likes of Nico Muhly, Sam Amidon (Doveman), Valgeir Sigurdsson, etc. He's very minimal with his sound, as are most of the other artists on his label. This short (really short) EP features the two artists doing what they best while mixing there sounds perfectly off of each other.

A little haunting/disturbing, highly mechanical, and relaxing. It's extremely short, but if you are a die hard Ben Frost fan like I am it is a must own. If you are at all a fan of ambient music with experimental found sounds you will also dig this album. I can't believe I didn't find out about this collaboration till just recently...

Standout Tracks: Funcomfortably Yours (sounds like a horrific machine stomping through spiritual grounds), Aire De Lunacy, Stcts

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