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Review: 'of1000faces'
'Infinity line'   

-  Label: 'Bandcamp/I-tunes'
-  Genre: 'Ambient' -  Release Date: '16.12.20.'

Our Rating:
The Infinity Line is the second instalment in of1000Faces Monomyth trilogy that follows on from the first part Astronomica that came out last September. Of1000faces is the solo project of Matt Walker who you may know from his work with Smashing Pumpkins, Filter and Garbage among others.

The album opens with Kabuki Of The Starred Deep that opens slowly and carefully as almost sonar like synth's are overlaid with what sounds like harp strings being plucked and what would be the slowest dance moves imaginable this is laid back and reflective.

Somnium is like deep ocean whale noises reverberating through the depths to ensure you drift off to sleep dreaming of the deep.

Midnight Overture should be on the soundtrack to a dystopian sci-fi epic as something totally unspeakable happens as the deep bass sounds and almost whip cracking sounds accentuate the action unfolding. This sounds a bit like some of Hans Lundin's work or the darker end of Bo Hansson's output.

Particle Behaviour is the gentlest and sparsest piece while being quite floaty and strange piece of minimalist electronica. Anaira is livelier and involving with a cool repeating synth motif with all sorts of weird and wonderful noises adorning it.

Shadowlight has long sustained bass notes that seem to ululate somewhere around my ankles as this gently pulses away.

The Infinity Line is far more energetic and is quite reminiscent of Philip Glass' Low Symphony with the infinite repeating motif built on to make a rather captivating and involving soundscape.

Autochild doesn't feature a chorus of screaming brats thankfully and is instead a chilled out relaxed child who clearly hasn't been exposed to too much sugar and caffeine, this Child would worry its parents at its lack of energy and get up and go but as a tune is really rather pretty.

The album closes with Rutgers Passage that has deep bass ruminations and gentle piano parts to evoke images of what might of happened in Rutgers Passage and from the sound of this it was quite haunting and maybe a little disturbing, while not sounding like a tribute to the annual Rutgers rites of passage ceremony.

Find out more at https://of1000faces.bandcamp.com/album/the-infinity-line https://www.facebook.com/of1000facesofficial

  author: simonovitch

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