If we usually deem a prolific artist to have released an album per year, certainly Chicago-based of1000faces will be driving his creative streak to the maximum this year, having recently not one, but two, albums – ‘Astronomica’ and ‘The Infinity Line’. These are part of an expansive instrumental ‘Monomyyth’ trilogy, all slated to happen within a year’s period. An eclectic instrumental album with ambient DNA, ‘The Infinity Line’ (#2 in the series) is more geared towards outward exploration than its reflective inward-looking predecessor. A stellar collection of beautiful and accurately composed tracks (like the flower mosaics the Buddhist monks make of colored sand), the dynamic scope widened and the general mood darker and more evocative.
Today we have the pleasure of premiering his new single ‘ANAIRA’ from the latter album. His stunning and impeccably produced work was earlier previewed by a video for the title track. The new video was put together by Chris Zabriskie and Matt Walker based on film footage from vintage 1960s-era Russian sci-fi films.
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.
Known for his obsessive writing and recording while on tour, Walker eventually decided to pursue a more singular and personal endeavor. Thus was born of1000faces, the moniker reflecting the project’s inherent premise and, at the same time, a nod to Joseph Campbell’s ‘Hero of 1000 faces’.
“ANAIRA is inspired, in part, by epic science-fiction poem called ‘Aniara’ by Harry Martinson, which is about humans turning to space for refuge from a ravaged Earth. The piece is meant to convey a sense of determination and tenuous hope,” says Matt Walker.
“The video is a collage of Soviet Era science fiction films, edited into a series of space-age vignettes. Though the retro-futuristic look of these films is a great match for the music, I think the video’s real message is the vision and tenacity of these pioneering film makers.”
‘The Infinity LIne’ LP is out now digitally across online stores such as Apple Music and streaming platforms such as Spotify and Bandcamp. The ‘Astronomica’ album is also out on all the same sites, previewed by this sampler video spanning the full album.
Music by Matt Walker
Album cover artwork by: Gregor Huber
Photos by Derick Smith / Treatment by Brian Doherty
‘The Infinity Line’video by Patrick Buhr
‘Astronomica’ video by Matt Walker
‘ANAIRA’ video by Chris Zabriskie and Matt Walker