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Norwegian duo Frost unveils languid emotional electro-pop vistas on its spacious and lush debut "Melodica." Comprising vocalist Aggie Peterson and producer/programmer Per Martinsen, Frost's songs conjure images of a dreamy netherworld reminiscent of the plaintive textural vistas of artists like the Cocteau Twins and Emiliana Torrini. Peterson's evocative torch songs and detached soulful stylings drift beautifully over Martinsen's supple electronic musical backdrops. "Melodica" is more than just another "coffee table" or "chill-out" confection. The set subtly seduces with rapturous and vibrant melodies. Cuts like the edgy "Endless Love" (remixed by fellow Norwegian act Royksopp) and the soothing instrumental "Klang" (with acclaimed trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer) showcase the pair's preoccupation with quirky and majestic elegies to life, love, relationships and dreams.

Frost's 'Melodica' is, very much, a chilly contraction of 'melodic' and 'electronica'. Much as you might expect of a band out of Tromsø, Norway, who are helped out by Röyksopp on a couple of these tracks. Kind of Portishead-meets-Björk, singer Aggie Peterson and "blipster" Per Martinsen create a dolful, chic sound of some spangeled beauty. It's a little too polite and refined at times; some dirt and noise wouldn't go amiss. Still, you can't argue with the tearful, airbrushed cyber-pop of 'Alphabet' or the wistful or the wistful, trumpet-led modernism of 'Klong'. Wintry but warm, and very well crafted.

Time Out, London
(…) one of them, ahem, hottest bands on the Norwegian/Scando circuit right now is Frost (…) Occasionally, very occasionally, an album is so incredible that it makes you sit back in your uncomfortable office seat and think 'wow'. Frost is such a band, 'Melodica' such an album, and singer Aggie Peterson such a femme fatale. Lush, sweeping, sparkly, quirky, heartbreaking, post-synth pop…the adjectives could go on and on (…).

Big Chill
Those Norwegians have been at it again, and this duo from Tromso have got
together a collection of iced gems. Sweet, colourful and crunchy with sharp
points, they have you gagging for more (and before you know it the whole lot
are over). Aggie Peterson's vocals veer effortlessly between girlie euro-pop
and wigged-out surrealism, whilst Per Martinsen's samples and synths provide
textures and rhythms that are other-worldly rather than arctic.
"Pharmacy", the opening track has "single' written all over it, (and indeed
it has been the A-side of a sold out limited-edition run of 500 7"s). Not to
fret, seeing as the enchanting B-side "Half-Whole" is here too. Nils Petter
Molvaer's trumpet is the icing on the cake for "Klong", and the Royksopp
remix of "Endless Love" that closes the album is a masterpiece.

The Observer Music Monthly
Accomplished debut offering from Röyksopp's sultry Norwegian electronic pals, who are certainly chilled if not frosty. Makes Portishead sound upbeat.

Time Out, New York
Perhaps Aggie E. Peterson and Per Martinsen thought they'd preempt such remarks by naming their voice-and-synth outfit Frost, but the Norwegian duo's music does indeed suggest the frigid stillness of a postblizzard landscape. Since Portishead first blended Sade, Sartre and a jigger of electro-dub in a glass filled with shaved ice, dozens of female-fronted combos have embraced existential lounge music, but none has been chillier than Frost. "Pharmacy", which opens the band's second album, locates impassive regret - " And all I can do/Is to make you see that/I'm sorry for loving you" - in a glacial cavern of thumps, bleeps and the rippling of what sounds like an underground stream.


Frost is former techno bod Per Martinsen and Miss Aggie Peterson. He provides Herbert-syle click hous, she adds heart-wrenching vocals. Together they make sweet, soulful music with occasional help from Röyksopp. You'll be hearing a lot more from this duo. >>>


Singer Aggie Peterson's warm longingly delivered vocals mesh perfectly with the cold blips, bleeps, and bass of producer Per Martinsen to create a kind of chilled-out pop tat combines the immediacy of human emotion with the abstract detachment of early Detroit techno. As paradoxical as it seems, the melancholy charm of Melodica's chilly pop will leave you with an ache in your heart and a smile on your face.

Enthustiastic listener on
Absolutely Fantastic!
Melodica is a brilliant emerging duo. Their sounds are soothing and
relaxing, as well as being extremely exciting. Standouts on the album
are Alphabet, Endless Love, and Amygdala. Aggie Petersons smooth voice
flows over Per Martinsens excellent mixes that creates an amazing
atmosphere on every track. Whether you buy Melodica immediately or put
it on your wish list, make an effort to get this album and listen to
it. Frost will forever change your perspective on music.
I rate Melodica - 5/5

College Music Journal, 15.09.03
Straight from the land of Vikings, reindeer and Royksöpp comes Frost - Tromso, Norway's latest icy downtempo electronica act. Melodica is the product of singer Aggie Peterson and producer Per Martinson, who have imbued the disc with a style similar to that of the songdriven dance music that marked Gus Gus's earlier work, combined with the beautiful glitchy electronica of Isolée. Fans of Björk's most recent and more electronic-based productions (aided by producers like Matmos and LFO's Mark Bell) will find a powerful recipe in Martinson's sweeping musical backdrop, layered under Peterson's prominent vocals. Breaking the ice early on in the album is the excellent "Running Boy", a track fillet with tickling beats and a gorgeous vocal - you will melt when Martinson bellows the chorus. Meanwhile, "Half-Whole" is a collaboration with Royksöpp, filled with distorted vocals coated by the sound of a Nordic music box. This is the perfect album to escape the impending Indian summer.

FROST - "Past"
This will surely make my top ten this year, even if it did come out towards the end of the last. The electronic production is extremely well done, but the important thing is that every song would sound good if it was just her voice and a guitar.

FROST - "Palm Of His Hand"
Bedsit Theories/Drum Island/1998
Frost is a collaboration between singer/producer Aggie Peterson and "blipster" Per Martinsen. This is a lovely track with sweeping strings, but it's a number of years old, so I'm much more curious as to what's on the album that they made just a few months back. This band is very new to me, another that I wish I would've heard before, but there's just so much to listen to out there right now..>>>

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Rough trade review / Amygdala Remixes (double 12"):

Excellent remix doublepack promo feat. Atom tm. Bjorn Torske and friends adding their subtle electronic and micro house touch to the original - for fans of Massive Attack, Zero 7 and Royksopp.

Luna Kafé Record Review/Various Artists/ Tellé Samleplate
Aggie Frost Peterson's song Endless Love (done in co-operation with Rune Lindbæk and Torbjørn Brundtland of the Drum Island/Those Norwegians "collective") has been out as a single earlier, and this is one of the mixes. Frost has got a frosty (uh...) but warm voice, and it's an up-beat song for the dance floor. >>>

Norwegian Band Index
Breathe inn a distanced and harmonic piece of music, with hints to the good music made in the eighties. Even though she makes her own music, she's rather pretty, and has a strong voice. >>>

Switch to this / Review/ 7" Pharmacy
I received this ultra-chic 7" from Norway yesterday, and I must say I was gobsmacked. The title tune starts off with very Warp:ish swooshes and then works its way through a very driving bassline and electronica beats into the seductive voice of Aggie Frost. However, the title track isn't what caught my attention though, its the B-side "Half-Whole", that I heard on Jo Whiley (Radio 1) couple of weeks back.
Half-Whole is a grippingly beautiful song. It's instruments and chords are carefully crafted to target the listeners emotions in the deepest of ways and when the slightly distorted vocals are introduced, the elements of the song really click into place and you can't help but to just feel the soothing emotion of the song until the needle hits the last groove. Highly recommended and the forthcoming album should be something worth waiting for.
Just to note, Half-Whole was co-produced by Torbjørn Brundtland and Svein Berge from the ingenius Röyksopp. >>>

Rough Trade/Review/7" Pharmacy

Ice cool and calculated norwegian pop, will appeal to royksopp fans obviously and also fans of lali puna and the morr and monika labels. very limited import 7", this won't be around for long. >>>

Frost "Melodica" Universal
"A couple at years back, Aggie "Frost" Peterson made a respectable decision; she turned her back TV and devoted her )lie to bar music. Not everyone would willingly turn down an offer from national television (NRK) these days> But she did, And here is the result. Little Aggie grew UP in the north Of Norway, just like many other Norwegian electronic musicians. Some of them attend on this album. And it is not just anyone: Torbjørn Brundtland and Svein Berge of Røyksopp, Per Martinsen of Illumination, and Nits Petter Molvær. In other words, a Norwegian electronic dreamteam! "MeIocica" is still a sweet album. Even with three boys fuming switches and pressing keys, the feminine touch on this album is never threatened. Even on the slightly rougher, Running Boy', my favourite tune on the album 1 might acid, mixed and twisted by Røyksopp, femininity still rules. This is a song for modern men and women. Just like you. 1 don't really remember what R was that 1 expected; A little bit more fuel for the dance Poor perhaps? Instead 1 found the stripped down "Pharmacy", which turns better and better every lime you ploy it. 1 found the crispy 'AmygdaIa", and the beautiful "Klong" featuring Nits Petter Molvær on trumpet. "Melodica" is a sweet and quite beautiful album. Sometimes those words could equal boring. It that's the case with this album you'll have to find out for yourself."
Jan llseng

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