Bloodyminded and Anatomy Of Habit founder, electronic music veteran, artist, multi-instrumentalist, and all around noise mastermind MARK SOLOTROFF today unveils a video for “Charged Matter (The Problem From The Inside).” Now playing at Captured Howls, the track appears on SOLOTROFF‘s new solo album, Not Everybody Makes It, set for release July 30th.
Recorded and mixed by SOLOTROFF during April and May of 2021 and mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room in May in 2021, Not Everybody Makes It is SOLOTROFF‘s most restrained and controlled synth recording to date. While he anticipated creating a hybrid of more primitive and aggressive sounds balanced by more subtle ambient textures, by the time he finished mixing the six new songs — each one exactly ten-minutes in length — he realized that he had made significant strides in evolving his recent style. Not Everybody Makes It functions as a sonic elegy to the countless losses that so many of us have suffered over the last year and in the recent past, and its shimmering and crumbling frequencies and textures enter into a tense balancing act with elusive melodies that slowly drown in and then emerge from the shifting and eroding dronescapes.
Notes SOLOTROFF of “Charged Matter (The Problem From The Inside),” “This is the first video that I’ve ever made and I think it accurately matches the immensely lonely mood of the song. Building upon the mapping exercises and iconography that I’ve included in my work over the last few years, the path followed in this video depicts prominent streets and bridges near my building, which I’ve spent a great deal of time on, particularly during the past year, or so. Cars and people move at unnaturally slow speeds, mirroring the pace of the song and advancing the underlying sense of isolation introduced by the music.”
Writes Captured Howls in part, “The song feels like a meditation on solitude amid noise – or at least the sense of such a thing, since dissociative unease proves readily apparent in the sound. The ominous track comes with a video that Solotroff put together, and the imagery that he’s provided supports this idea. The video, in which images have been altered and presented in a grayscale color palette but remain recognizable, follows a journey through city streets, and there’s an impression of feeling alone, or perhaps weighed down, even as signs of activity continue on largely unabated – and largely uncaring for the people living within their wakes…”
Read more and view MARK SOLOTROFF’s “Charged Matter (The Problem From The Inside)” video at THIS LOCATION.
Stream previously released “Suffering Sun (Barren Winter)” at THIS LOCATION.
Not Everybody Makes It will be available on CD, in a four-panel digipak featuring SOLOTROFF‘s photography, and on all major digital platforms. Find preorders via Bandcamp HERE or iTunes/Apple Music HERE.
MARK SOLOTROFF‘s artwork and music focuses on several related key themes, 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.
In the music world, 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 post-industrial band Intrinsic Action. He also has a more than thirty-five-year history playing analog synthesizer. His synth work has been at the core of Bloodyminded and Intrinsic Action, and he recorded and released one-hundred hours of lo-fi analog synth music under the name Super Eight Loop, which he recently digitized and remastered. He is part of the dark-synth group Nightmares, which released a new album in early 2020, as well as the post-industrial trio, Ensemble Sacrés GarÃ§ons, which released their first new album in over twenty-five years, in early 2021.
SOLOTROFF has also collaborated with and contributed synth and/or vocals to numerous bands, ranging from a four-year role in Wrekmeister Harmonies, to live appearances and/or studio recordings with diverse electronic, experimental, and metal bands, including The Atlas Moth, Brutal Truth, Consumer Electronics, Indian, Locrian, Plague Bringer, Sigillum S, and The Sodality. In late 2019, SOLOTROFF‘s synth was included on new releases by Azar Swan (“The Hissing Crane” on Primal Architecture) and The Body (“Remixed” on Thrill Jockey), and in 2020, he created remixes, augmented with his synth, for Statiqbloom (“Asphyxia Remixed” on Synthicide) and Snow Burial (“Painting The Streets With Our Blood”).