Decibel Magazine is currently streaming Today The Infinite, Tomorrow Zero, the latest solo offering from electronic music veteran, artist, multi-instrumentalist, and noise mastermind, MARK SOLOTROFF. The premiere comes in advance of the record’s official release this Friday, November 3rd.
Today The Infinite, Tomorrow Zero is the follow-up to SOLOTROFF’s 2021-released album, Not Everybody Makes It, and features ten songs, each running exactly six-minutes in length. SOLOTROFF characterizes it as a continuation of his voyage through experimental ambient and drone, and it finds him refining concepts that he’s been developing for several years, down to more digestible portions of music.
Offers SOLOTROFF, “I’m excited to share my new album here, today of all days, in advance of its release on Friday. It may not be full-on Halloween spooky, but it’s definitely seasonally correct, as it’s filled with a strong autumnal sense of melancholy and nostalgia. We’re living in darker days, literally and figuratively, after all. Mood-wise, it’s probably easier to connect to Anatomy Of Habit, even if the palate is different, but a lot of friends of BLOODYMINDED will already know the direction I’ve been headed with my solo releases. I invite the rest of you to sink into the unsettling ambience and see where the mood takes you…”
Adds Decibel, “The looping, static-y sounds will help get your head right for whatever All Hallows Eve celebrations you may have planned. And if you’re staying home to dole out candy to trick or treaters, SOLOTROFF‘s vaguely menacing, tense soundscapes offer the perfect soundtrack to set the mood for a night of fright.
Stream MARK SOLOTROFF’s Today The Infinite, Tomorrow Zero exclusively at Decibel Magazine HERE.
While SOLOTROFF found the internal or isolated time during the pandemic to be extremely productive, in a creative sense, once the world started to reopen, he quickly dove back into an external life of social interaction, live performance, travel, and a significantly restructured work/life balance that gave him a greater appreciation of his free creative time. Coming out of the pandemic, SOLOTROFF wanted to move forward from not only his attempts to put his own experiences of loss into sound, but to move past the collective grief that so deeply permeated the music world over the last few years. While Today The Infinite, Tomorrow Zero will likely never be accused of being a happy or optimistic sounding album, for SOLOTROFF, it demonstrates the evolution of his sound work and of his artistic path, and he sees it as representing a more positive impression of nostalgia and an internal drive that is open to possibility, for today, at least.
Today The Infinite, Tomorrow Zero was mastered by Collin Jordan and will be released on four-panel digipak CD and digitally on all major platforms.
Find preorders at the official MARK SOLOTROFF Bandcamp page HERE.
MARK SOLOTROFF is a Chicago-based musician and a visual artist who has worked within the experimental, post-industrial, noise, and metal scenes, dating back to the mid-1980s. SOLOTROFF is best known as the vocalist of both the doom band Anatomy Of Habit and the heavy electronic band BLOODYMINDED, and as the founder of the early American post-industrial band Intrinsic Action. His work with analog synthesizers dates back to his earliest recordings and he continues to find new ways to work with these often-unpredictable instruments. SOLOTROFF pursues several related themes in his work, including how cities develop, both organically and through organized planning, how the human body navigates urban environments, and how people navigate and interact with each other, particularly in an age of alienation caused by severe digital fragmentation. His visual work frequently features urban landscapes, architecture, and infrastructure, and he has become increasingly active in his use of artificial intelligence in his art. He’s published three books of pictures that include his own photography, found images, and AI-generated images, all of which he processes in a manner related to how he processes sound
“…a contemporary album tied – but not limited to – a moment in time, existing both sonically and creatively in a liminal space, entering the post-pandemic world by means of sounds that could just as easily be decades old at this point, to produce invigorating and strong, albeit eerie, sensations that further underline how some things should be experienced separated from everything else, to be fully understood for what it is.” — Everything Is Noise