Frost (Norwegian band)

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Frost
Origin Tromsø, Norway
Genres Electronic
Electropop
Trip-hop
Years active 1997–present
Labels FrostWorld Recordings
Associated acts Röyksopp
Website http://frostnorway.com/
Members Aggie Peterson
Per Martinsen
Past members Rune Lindbæk

Frost is a Norwegian electronic duo consisting of Aggie Peterson and Per Martinsen. The group formed in 1997 in Tromsø, Norway with original line-up composed of Aggie Peterson and DJ Rune Lindbæk. They released their debut album "Bedsit Theories" in 1998.

History[edit]

Frost started as a project of Aggie Peterson and DJ Rune Lindbæk. They released their debut album "Bedsit Theories" in 1998. The album was produced with assistance of Torbjørn Brundtland (half of the duo Röyksopp) among other people. The album did well in Norway and "Clouds Across the Moon" single (a cover of Rah Band song) was featured on MTV in Summer 1998.

Later on, the single "Endless Love" was released in 1999. The release contained remixes by Röyksopp and Illumination/Chilluminati duo – of which Per Martinsen, was at the time part of.

This is when Aggie and Per started working together and Rune departed from the band. The new line-up started working on new music. Frost have released new singles: 500 copies of limited edition "Pharmacy"/"Half-Whole" 7-inch single, which sold very quickly and it's now a very rare item, and "Amygdala" 12-inch double vinyl which was released with remixes by Atom(TM), Qwerty, Mind Over Midi and Per's techno alias Mental Overdrive. This led to release of the second album "Melodica" in 2001 which was met with positive response. It was produced with help from Röyksopp ("Running Boy", "Half-Whole") and Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær ("Klong").[1]

Frost released their third album "Love! Revolution!" on March 26, 2007. It's the second album created by Aggie and Per. It was described by the duo as "upbeat space-pop". "Sleepwalker" and "One Hundred Years" have been released as singles to promote the album on self-founded label FrostWorld Recordings.[2]

After relocating to their hometown Tromsø, the duo got inspired by the arctic and some mysterious radio-signals, hailing from even further North. Per and Aggie received an envelope covered with Russian stamps, inside was an old C60 cassette tape labeled Радио Магнитное (“Radio Magnetic” in Russian), and a letter from the analogue-loving radio enthusiast, stating that he had seen Frost perform their soundtrack to the Russian silent movie “Mother” in Arkhangelsk some years earlier, and that he thought this recording might be of interest.

Per and Aggie immediately unpacked their old cassette tape deck, put the tape on, and discovered the beautiful music it contained – the music of a ghost radio filtered through static and time, like faint echoes from a recently lost civilization. The whole phenomenon was the most haunting experience, and this tape has been the main inspiration during the writing and recording of the new album – resulting in classic, dreamy pop songs crafted in 2012-style eclectic, electronic production.

The third album by Aggie and Per entitled Radiomagnetic were released internationally on September 17, 2012 and later in Norway, in August 2013.[3] The album received good reviews, especially in the UK and US, but remained a secret in their home country Norway.

The story of the radio signals, led them to the former Russian settlement of Pyramiden in Spitsbergen, and they did a one off concert in the deserted ghost-town, in the middle of arctic-nowwhere. The Frost Event Pyramiden [4] was covered by UK journalists from Dazed & Confused and VICE Noisey. The event was attended by about 150 people, and the city was, for a day, awoken and brought back to life, with Frosts music and visuals.

Since returning to Tromsø, Frost has been collaborating visually with Czech visual artist Petra Hermanová for their live concerts, and with film director Carl Christian Lein Størmer creating dark music videos. "The Woods" and "Something New" (filmed in Pyramiden) from Radiomagnetic 2012, are a result of their work together.

The collaboration has also resulted in the short film "Ghost Radio Hunter", shown on Norwegian and international film festivals - a story based on the very same mysterious cassette tape, the Frost duo received in the mail, and Per's hunt for the signals' origin.[5]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • Close To You (1998) #7 NOR[8]
  • Clouds Across The Moon (1998) #13 NOR[9]
  • Hope You'll Be There (1998)
  • Endless Love (1999)
  • Pharmacy (2001)
  • Amygdala (2002)
  • Sleepwalker (2006)
  • One Hundred Years (2007)
  • "My Plastic Heart" (2008)
  • The Magician" (2011)
  • "Parade" (2011)
  • "The Woods" (2011)
  • "Something New" (2012)

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