Fröst are a newly formed electronic band inspired by the icy scenery of Scandinavia.
The duo consists of Franco-Swedish sound artist Johanna Bramli and synth-playing producer Steve Lewis. Their debut single “Crackling on the Wire” takes inspiration from the folk tale of the Erlking, a spirit said to lure children to the land of the dead, and more specifically a poetic rendition by the great German writer Goethe.
"I love thee, I'm charm'd by thy beauty, dear boy!
And if thou'rt unwilling, then force I'll employ."
"My father, my father, he seizes me fast,
For sorely the Erl-King has hurt me at last."
The father now gallops, with terror half wild,
He grasps in his arms the poor shuddering child;
He reaches his courtyard with toil and with dread, –
The child in his arms finds he motionless, dead.
Fröst’s creation is equally creepy. The motorik beat (one suggestive of mechanised action or movement) instils the feeling of being chased—in the woods and “through the storm,” as Johanna puts it in haunting voice.
Like the Erlking, “Crackling on the Wire” has its roots in Scandinavia. The single’s ethereal, radiophonic sound is evocative of a land shrouded in ice and mist. But to suggest that this is where the muse stops would be doing Fröst a disservice; Johanna sings effortlessly in both French and English, whilst the rhythm is layered with German electronic influence.
When asked, Johanna lists experimentalists such as Iannis Xenakis and Morton Subotnik, and those who “blend pop elements with the avant-garde” like Laurie Anderson, Björk and Velvet Underground, as artists she admires.
All of which gives us an indication to their musical credo, and a deeper insight into what to expect from the debut album they are working on right now for a mid-2017 release. In the meantime, they’re also working on their live show, and are performing for the first time this Friday (2nd December) at the Rose Hill in Brighton.
"Crackling on the Wire" is released 9th December.