I first heard Ben Frost through a neighbour friend in Kensington Market who was obsessed with Iceland. It was 2009 and the album was named BY THE THROAT. For once, the all-caps didn’t seem excessive. Frost’s music grabbed me by the proverbial jugular – all bone-chilling Arctic drones and black-metal doom-biance. My friend soon moved to Iceland, as Frost himself did from Australia in 2005, and the harsh beauty of the tiny island nation – basically just one big glacier-capped volcano in the middle of the North Atlantic – must make for a powerful muse. My own visit to Iceland two years later is still a lifetime high, with natural sights such as the Gulfoss waterfall, Dimmuborgir volcanic region, the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon and the actual goddamn Northern Lights, ranking high alongside an inspirational visit to the Greenhouse studio, run by Frost’s collaborator and Bedroom Community label head, Valgeir Sigurdsson.
A fixture in various and overlapping local music scenes, Nick Storring has created looped cello dance pop, austere textures for Picastro's sleep rock, and free-ranging improvisation in The Knot and I Have Eaten The City. But for the past couple years, he's also been making a mark as an composer, with his 2011 Toronto Emerging Composer award from the Canadian Music Centre leading to material that is now being released on his new Gardens album. Joe Strutt spoke to Storring to discover more about his musical green thumb.