Today we are pleased to present the premiere of the new animated video from Matt Walker, a.k.a. of1000faces, offering a peak at what’s to come in his new album ‘The Infinity Line’. This long-play is the second in what is ultimately going to be a trilogy (called ‘Monomyyth’, whichis mainly instrumental offerings. The first in this series was the ‘Astronomica’ album, for which the lead track ‘Astronomica’ was also introduced via a sublime video.
Hailing from the windy city, of1000faces is the solo project of Matt Walker, a renowned drummer and producer who has worked with some of alternative music’s most iconic artists. For 25 years, he has toured and recorded with Morrissey, Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage and Filter, all the while dedicating himself to myriad side projects, independent bands and film/tv work.
This upbeat invigorating track is reminiscent of Bonobo, Popol Vuh and Tangerine Dream, in stark contrast to the ‘Astronomica’ single, which lies more in ambient territory familiar to Vangelis, Chicane and Michel Cretu. This is worth listening to on repeat – or better yet, why not just pre-order the full album?
Matt Walker comments: “Strangely, I have no memory of the title track’s inception. What followed were many lost hours in its polyrhythmic maze, searching for the right synthesis of mallets, strings and electronics. All lending to that feeling of running in a dream state, without a beginning or end.”
Over the past few decades, Walker had accumulated quite a bit of material – thank goodness he eventually decided to put this all together. A worthy listen this is. The name1000faces reflects the project’s inherent premise and is also a nod to Joseph Campbell’s ‘Hero of 1000 faces’.
The Infinity Line is an eclectic instrumental album with ambient DNA, but is far less passive than its predecessor. The dynamic scope has been widened and the general mood is darker and more evocative.
The ‘Astronomica’ album is out now, previewed by this sampler video spanning the full album. ‘The Infinity Line’ LP will be released digitally on December 16 across online stores such as Apple Music and streaming platforms such as Spotify and Bandcamp at https://of1000faces.bandcamp.com/album/astronomica
Music by Matt Walker
Album cover artwork by: Gregor Huber
Photos by Derick Smith / Treatment by Brian Doherty
‘Astronomica’ video by Matt Walker
Also enjoy his video for ‘Astronomica’, lead track from the previous album
And this taster of that full album