Friday, December 03, 2021

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Decibel Magazine Premieres “Your Pure Breath”

 (Re-posting from Earsplit)


ANATOMY OF HABIT: Decibel Magazine Premieres “Your Pure Breath” From Chicago Experimental Post-Punk/Doom Collective; Even If It Takes A Lifetime To See Release Next Month
‘Your Pure Breath’ is an immersive, meditative, slow-building storm…” -- Decibel Magazine
Decibel Magazine is currently streaming "Your Pure Breath” from Chicago-based experimental post-punk/doom metal collective ANATOMY OF HABIT.  The track comes by way of the band’s third album, Even If It Takes A Lifetime, set for release on December 10th. This will be the first of two new albums ready to be unveiled to the public.
 
ANATOMY OF HABIT -- Alex Latus (guitar), Isidro Reyes (metal percussion), Skyler Rowe (drums), Mark Solotroff (vocals), and Sam Wagster (bass + lap steel) -- recorded both offerings with Sanford Parker, shortly before the pandemic, with mixing (by Parker) and mastering (by Collin Jordan) carried out during the long shutdown. Along with the band’s core instrumentation, listeners will hear piano, organ, analog synth, and vibraphone woven into the songs.
 
Elaborates band leader Solotroff of the sprawling fourteen-minute Your Pure Breath,” “When the current lineup of ANATOMY OF HABIT was gelling in late 2017 and early 2018, ‘Your Pure Breath’ was one of the first songs that we wrote together. I believe that we only played it live a couple of times, and as we were writing more and more songs, and because it proved to be a fairly problematic one for me to perform at the time, we let it sit until we were preparing to go into the studio. While we were recording it, the song unexpectedly took on a life of its own, and it grew in both length and strength. When I consider the lyrics, it seems like one of the most straightforward songs that I’ve written for ANATOMY OF HABIT, although I don’t know if someone encountering it for the first time would necessarily agree with me. While the general mood of the song is firmly planted in sullen ground, the plea for help at the end could be interpreted in a more uplifting manner. In my mind, at least, there’s a direct tie to the potentially optimistic heart of the album title. The atmosphere as the song finishes never fails to give me chills and I hope that some listeners experience the same thing.”
 
Adds Decibel, “‘Your Pure Breath’ is an immersive, meditative, slow-building storm…”
 
Stream “Your Pure Breath” at THIS LOCATION.
 
Thematically, Even If It Takes A Lifetime continues Solotroff’s reflections on love and loss, the creative process, the abstracted and vanishing self, and a sense of absolute obliteration. The potentially nostalgic album title may allude to a sense of hope and may indicate that all is not lost, or at least it may point to an inner drive to keep pushing forward.
 
Even If It Takes A Lifetime will be released on CD, handsomely packaged in a six-panel digipak designed by Jonathan Canady, a longtime creative associate of the band. A cassette version will also be released, with light blue shells and a four-panel insert. The packaging for all formats will incorporate a series of lush, corporeal cyanotypes by New York-based artist Alexandra Lerman, a close friend of Solotroff. A vinyl edition will follow at a later date.
 
Find preorders at THIS LOCATION where “A Marginal World” can be streamed.
ANATOMY OF HABIT will celebrate Even If It Takes A Lifetime with a record release show December 8th at The Empty Bottle with additional performances to be announced in the weeks to come.
 
ANATOMY OF HABIT:
12/08/2021 The Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL * record release show w/ Human Impact, Child Bite [info]
 
ANATOMY OF HABIT formed in Chicago in October 2008. Although the band has experienced significant changes since forming, this is their longest-standing and most prolific lineup. It’s no wonder that they’ve gelled the way they have. Rowe and Latus have known each other since they were teenagers, growing up in Indianapolis’ heavy music scene and playing together in the band Still. Rowe and Wagster have been creating a strong body of work together in the pastoral instrumental Mute Duo. Reyes and Solotroff are old friends who’ve played together in both BLOODYMINDED and The Fortieth Day, for many years. This deep connective tissue has contributed to consistently effortless writing sessions and solidly fused live performances.
 
The band incorporates elements of doom metal, post-punk, death-rock, early-industrial, psychedelic, and shoegaze. The band's last album, Ciphers + Axioms, was released by Relapse Records. Once Even If It Takes A Lifetime completes its full cycle, the band intend to follow up with their next album, Black Openings.
 
ANATOMY OF HABIT:
Alex Latus - guitar
Isidro Reyes - metal percussion
Skyler Rowe - drums, vibraphone
Mark Solotroff - vocals, analog synth
Sam Wagster - bass, lap steel, piano, keyboard
 
For ANATOMY OF HABIT coverage contact liz@earsplitcompound.com.
 

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Anatomy of Habit announce new album

 

(Re-posting from Earsplit)


ANATOMY OF HABIT: Chicago Experimental Post-Punk/Doom Collective To Release Even If It Takes A Lifetime Full-Length December 10th; New Track Streaming At Invisible Oranges + Preorders Available

“…apocalyptically heavy and thoughtfully complex…” – Invisible Oranges

Chicago-based experimental post-punk/doom metal collective ANATOMY OF HABIT is excited to announce their third album, Even If It Takes A Lifetime, set for release on December 10th, 2021. This will be the first of two new albums ready to be unveiled to the public.

ANATOMY OF HABIT – Alex Latus (guitar), Isidro Reyes (metal percussion), Skyler Rowe (drums), Mark Solotroff (vocals), and Sam Wagster (bass + lap steel) — recorded both offerings with Sanford Parker, shortly before the pandemic, with mixing (by Parker) and mastering (by Collin Jordan) carried out during the long shutdown. Along with the band’s core instrumentation, listeners will hear piano, organ, analog synth, and vibraphone woven into the songs.

Even If It Takes A Lifetime is comprised of three tracks. Opener “A Marginal World” is the shortest song that the band has ever released, clocking in at under seven-minutes, and showing a greater urgency than often seen from ANATOMY OF HABIT. Lyrically, it describes a distinctive bond between two people that ends with a sudden rupture. Things begin to stretch out with “Your Pure Breath,” a 14-minute song that ebbs and flows between calmer, slower passages and heavier sections that propel the listener into a more frenzied pace. The album then shifts gears, as the long, atmospheric beginning of “Now We Finally Know Ourselves” builds into a dense, psychedelic soundscape, from which the band emerges with their more familiar play with contrast, over the song’s 19-minutes.

Thematically, the album continues band leader Solotroff’s reflections on love and loss, the creative process, the abstracted and vanishing self, and a sense of absolute obliteration. The potentially nostalgic album title may allude to a sense of hope and may indicate that all is not lost, or at least it may point to an inner drive to keep pushing forward.

In advance of the record’s release, today the band debuts opening psalm, “A Marginal World,” now playing at Invisible Oranges.

Elaborates SOLOTROFF, “When you release a new album, you never really think to yourself, ‘It’s going to be seven years until the next one comes out,’ but that’s what happened. After Ciphers + Axioms was released in late 2014, life happened, along with all of the things that involves, both good and bad. Add a global pandemic to the mix, to complicate things even further. So, we decided to take things into our own hands and get this album out into the world before another year or two suddenly passed us by. ‘A Marginal World’ kicks off the album. It’s the shortest song that we’ve ever written and it perfectly encapsulates some of the things that were absorbed into the black hole of these past several years, even if it only makes sense to me, or to us, or to a very small circle of friends outside of the band. My bandmates – my friends – and I are extremely happy that Even If It Takes A Lifetime is finally seeing the light of day and we hope that it clicks with some people out there, whether it’s the music, the lyrics, or the mood.”

Adds Invisible Oranges, “On the band’s new album Even If It Takes A Lifetime, their first in seven years, it’s like nothing changed. Still apocalyptically heavy and thoughtfully complex, ANATOMY OF HABIT‘s lost time simply vanished. It’s 2013 again and I’m watching ANATOMY OF HABIT at the Cobra Lounge, completely leveling the place, my friends and I all damaging our necks and brains and minds to the swirling mass of volume.”

Read more and stream ANATOMY OF HABIT’s “A Marginal World” at THIS LOCATION.

Even If It Takes A Lifetime will be released on CD, handsomely packaged in a six-panel digipak designed by Jonathan Canady, a longtime creative associate of the band. A cassette version will also be released, with light blue shells and a four-panel insert. The packaging for all formats will incorporate a series of lush, corporeal cyanotypes by New York-based artist Alexandra Lerman, a close friend of Solotroff. A vinyl edition will follow at a later date.

Find preorders at THIS LOCATION.

Even If It Takes A Lifetime Track Listing:

  1. A Marginal World
  2. Your Pure Breath
  3. Now We Finally Know Ourselves

ANATOMY OF HABIT will celebrate Even If It Takes A Lifetime with a record release show December 8th at The Empty Bottle with additional performances to be announced in the weeks to come.

ANATOMY OF HABIT:
12/08/2021 The Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL * record release show w/ Human Impact, Child Bite [info]

ANATOMY OF HABIT formed in Chicago in October 2008. Although the band has experienced significant changes since forming, this is their longest-standing and most prolific lineup. It’s no wonder that they’ve gelled the way they have. Rowe and Latus have known each other since they were teenagers, growing up in Indianapolis’ heavy music scene and playing together in the band Still. Rowe and Wagster have been creating a strong body of work together in the pastoral instrumental Mute Duo. Reyes and Solotroff are old friends who’ve played together in both BLOODYMINDED and The Fortieth Day, for many years. This deep connective tissue has contributed to consistently effortless writing sessions and solidly fused live performances.

The band incorporates elements of doom metal, post-punk, death-rock, early-industrial, psychedelic, and shoegaze. The band’s last album, Ciphers + Axioms, was released by Relapse Records. Once Even If It Takes A Lifetime completes its full cycle, the band intend to follow up with their next album, Black Openings.

ANATOMY OF HABIT:
Alex Latus – guitar
Isidro Reyes – metal percussion
Skyler Rowe – drums, vibraphone
Mark Solotroff – vocals, analog synth
Sam Wagster – bass, lap steel, piano, keyboard

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Friday, November 05, 2021

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Newly unearthed BLOODYMINDED video clip from 2007


 

We just discovered this previously unseen video clip sent to us ages ago by Tim Gunderson

"Mantra" (excerpt) April 16, 2007, Elastic, Chicago

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Ensemble Sacrés Garçons "Demonization: These Worldly Powers” CD version out now



DIGIPAK CD VERSION NOW SHIPPING

Andrea, Paolo, and I are happy to announce the new CD version of our second album, "Demonization: These Worldly Powers.” The four-panel digipak design includes select art elements from the LP version, which we released earlier this year, presented in a new color orientation. As these CDs were on their way, the masters for our third album, “Sanctification: Seeing the Singularity,” were sent to us by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room. We've just approved them, so now we'll start the pressing process for LPs, with the understanding that vinyl pressing turnaround times remain extremely long, while the pandemic continues to drag on.

Ensemble Sacrés Garçons is a post-industrial band that was formed in 1994, by Paolo L. Bandera (Sshe Retina Stimulants, Sigillum S, The Sodality, Iugula-Thor, etc.), Andrea Chiaravalli (Iugula-Thor), both from Milan, and Mark Solotroff (Anatomy of Habit, BLOODYMINDED, The Fortieth Day, Intrinsic Action, etc.), from Chicago. “Demonization: These Worldly Powers” is the band’s second album. It contains seven songs that are characterized by dense foundations of magnetic tape processing, spectral analog synth, and layers of opposing vocals.

Track Listing:
I'm Your Nightmare (3:34)
Death Inflates (3:28)
Velocity (5:32)
Devil's Still On That Seat (4:25)
Voice Stealing (4:47)
Dead Band (7:50)
Suffers (3:44)

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ORDER THE CD VIA BANDCAMP:

https://ensemblesacresgarcons.bandcamp.com/album/demonization-these-worldly-powers


  
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ORDER THE LP VIA BANDCAMP:
https://ensemblesacresgarcons.bandcamp.com/album/demonization-these-worldly-powers


  

The album is pressed on 160 gram black vinyl. It’s housed in plain, glossy black LP jackets, with wrap-around 12”x24” poster sleeves, printed on both sides, in metallic silver ink on heavyweight black stock. There are individually numbered, double-sided 8.5”x11” cardstock inserts included, with credits and lyrics, as well as separate download codes.

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Alternately, for international buyers, the CD and the LP are available via Paolo's Bandcamp page and will be sent from Milan, Italy:

https://paololbandera.bandcamp.com/merch


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(ORIGINAL LP ANNOUNCEMENT)

Andrea, Paolo, and I are very pleased to finally release the new album by our group, Ensemble Sacrés Garçons. We’ve been anticipating it for a long time… for over 25 years, in fact. We recorded our debut in 1994, in Brooklyn, at Bass Mind Studio. Andrea and I got to work utilizing recordings that Paolo had prepared in Milan, in advance. Megan Emish from Intrinsic Action/BLOODYMINDED produced those studio sessions for us. It was released on CD by the Italian label Old Europa Café in 1995.
 
We decided to start on our follow up, right away. To begin, Paolo again prepared material on analog tape, which he brought to Brooklyn, in 1995. I then manipulated these recordings in the manner of the SCTL (Source Control) style that I used on multiple Intrinsic Action releases. Roughly eight months later, after I completed my mix, Megan mastered the album for CD, at Acme Soundworks, NYC.
 
As 1996 continued on, Andrea, Paolo, and I considered and discussed the results. I think we all new that there was great material on the DAT master, but across the 12 songs and 70+ minute running time, it began to feel somewhat impenetrable. Amidst its thick walls of synth noise, tape distortion, and destroyed vocals, it was lacking in the appealing immediacy of its raw and primitive sounding predecessor. Time passed, and every so often, the three of us would discuss resurrecting the recordings, doing some judicious editing, and preparing to release it.
 
Finally, in 2018, a solid plan was put together. Paolo would focus on adding some minimal yet dynamic synth, I would write new lyrics, and Andrea and I would take a new and more direct approach to our vocals. In April of 2019, studio time was booked at Soundcheck Studio in Milan, and I flew there to record and to perform at our debut live show. I believe that our concert was particularly important, because it further solidified Ensemble Sacrés Garçons as more than a collaboration and more than a many-years-long series of face-to-face visits, video chats, emails, and faded out faxes. It felt like we really functioned as a band. During the recording sessions, Andrea and I were focused on our vocals, while Paolo was working his magic in the control room with the engineer, Matteo Pace. By the time I returned to Chicago, we knew that the tremendous chemistry of that week, grounded in our long friendship, had given us just what we needed to complete the album.
 
Paolo then got to work on his final synth tracks, as well as the challenging process of mixing the album. After just a couple of rounds of mixes, we knew that we were ready. But the album still seemed too long, especially if we were going to move forward with releasing it on vinyl. Our next step was to consider whether we had two solid albums, and if so, how we might divide the twelve songs between them. This actually turned out to be easier than we thought it would be, and two discrete albums materialized with very little effort.
 
We then sent the songs for the first LP to Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room, in Chicago, and we were thrilled with the results of his mastering work. As we were putting our plan together for the LP, the global pandemic hit and things slowed down again. We decided to use a relatively new pressing plant in Chicago, Smashed Plastic, which was doing some great work on albums that I’d heard. Once they were able to reopen their facilities our album went into the queue. After a few months, we had our vinyl in-hand. Staying local, we also decided to have a Chicago printer and friend – Erin Page/Kill Hatsumomo – screen print the sleeves that we designed. The three of us simply couldn’t be happier with the final outcome, especially after all of these years that have passed. As for the future, we’re already discussing plans for our third album, “Sanctification: Seeing the Singularity”...
 
(Mark Solotroff, February 2021)

Thursday, September 30, 2021

BLOODYMINDED : PHASES 2CD



BLOODYMINDED : PHASES 2CD now shipping

'PHASES' UNITES OUR FOUR INTERCONNECTED POST-'MAGNETISM' RELEASES ON A 2CD DIGIPAK SET WITH NEWLY REMASTERED AUDIO AND A RUNNING TIME APPROACHING TWO AND A HALF HOURS. THESE RECORDINGS INCLUDE MUSIC THAT BREAKS THE MOLD OF OUR MOST WELL-KNOWN SONGS, INCORPORATING DENSE CONSTRUCTIONS OF MAGNETIC TAPE MANIPULATION THAT LOOK BACK TO THE OUTLIER SONG 'OVERDRIVE' FROM OUR DEBUT ALBUM, 'TROPHY,' AS WELL AS THE SCTL (SOURCE CONTROL) TRACKS FOUND ON NUMEROUS INTRINSIC ACTION RELEASES.

 
  
 


Bandcamp: https://bloodyminded.bandcamp.com/album/phases

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6tbg5gxy7ejaFIK65P9yPh
iTunes/Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/gw/album/phases/1587203046
YouTube: https://youtu.be/UkxgiMqiC-A
Amazon: https://music.amazon.com/albums/B09GXHMRFN
Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/album/198593996
Pandora: https://www.pandora.com/artist/bloodyminded/phases-explicit/AL7rdmzz2tnZk72
Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/us/album/261055312


Additional ordering options for CDs:
BloodShop!: 
http://bloodshop.bigcartel.com/product/bloodyminded-phases-2cd-set
eBay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/154628480842
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/BLOODYMINDED-PHASES/release/20387353

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PHASES : ONE

1: PHASES : ONE - PART ONE (28:59)
2: PHASES : ONE - PART TWO (29:09)

ORIGINALLY RELEASED ON CASSETTE IN 2006, ON BLOODLUST! (B!063). EDITION OF 100 NUMBERED COPIES, PACKAGED IN CLEAR CASES WITH BLACK AND WHITE JCARDS. AVAILABLE DURING OUR AUGUST 2006 TOUR. RECORDED IN JULY 2006 AT CONSERVATORY, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. “MAGNETISM” MATERIAL PROCESSED BY MARK SOLOTROFF, UTILIZING THE INTRINSIC ACTION SCTL (SOURCE CONTROL) METHODOLOGY.


PHASES : TWO

1: PHASES : TWO - PART ONE (30:05)
2: PHASES : TWO - PART TWO (29:57)

ORIGINALLY RELEASED ON CD-R IN 2007, ON BLOODLUST! (B!074). EDITION OF 200 NUMBERED COPIES, PACKAGED IN BLACK AND WHITE FOLD-OVER SLEEVES. THESE RECORDINGS WERE MADE IN NOVEMBER 2006, BY MARK SOLOTROFF (FOR BLOODYMINDED), AT CONSERVATORY, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SOLELY UTILIZING LIVE VERSIONS OF SONGS FROM THE "MAGNETISM" CD THAT WERE RECORDED LIVE DURING OUR AUGUST 2006 TOUR - AS SOURCE MATERIAL. LIVE RECORDINGS WERE MADE AT: SKYLAB GALLERY, COLUMBUS, OH, AUGUST 3; REVERSIBLE EYE GALLERY, CHICAGO, IL, AUGUST 4; THE CHURCH, MINNEAPOLIS, MN, AUGUST 5; HALL MALL, IOWA CITY, IA, AUGUST 6; VALHALLA GALLERY, KANSAS CITY, MO, AUGUST 7; SPOOKY ACTION PLACE, ST. LOUIS, MO, AUGUST 8; THE FROWNY BEAR, LEXINGTON, KY, AUGUST 9; RED ROOM, KALAMAZOO, MI, AUGUST 10; BEHIND THE GREEN DOOR, DETROIT, MI, AUGUST 11. BLOODYMINDED: NICOLE CHAMBERS, XAVIER LARADJI, PIETER SCHOOLWERTH, MARK SOLOTROFF; WITH ED KNIGGE (CHICAGO), CHRIS MACK (CHICAGO), AND ISIDRO REYES (ST. LOUIS). MASTERED BY JASON SOLIDAY, AT ENEMY, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, DECEMBER, 2006.


PHASES : THREE

1: PHASES : THREE (PART ONE) (3:02)
2: GIRLFRIEND ATTEMPTS TO EXPLAIN SCHIZOPHRENIC EPISODE BY REVEALING CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE (1:27)
3: SHOTGUN HELD TO FACE BY SEVERELY CROSSEYED ADDICT WHILE ATTEMPTING TO PHYSICALLY REMOVE GIRLFRIEND FROM KNOWN DRUG HOUSE (1:23)
4: VISITING AN EX-GIRLFRIEND IN THE HOSPITAL - PSYCHIATRIC WARD - 24-HOUR OBSERVATION - SUICIDE WATCH (1:11)
5: VISITING AN EX-GIRLFRIEND IN THE HOSPITAL - AIDS WARD (1:42)
6: PHASES : THREE (PART TWO) (2:59)

ORIGINALLY RELEASED AS A 3 X 7-INCH BOX SET IN 2009, ON ROCOCO RECORDS (RCC-0030). EDITION OF 300 NUMBERED COPIES. PRESSED ON WHITE VINYL AND INSERTED IN INDIVIDUALLY SILK-SCREENED FOLD-OVER COVERS. CONTENTS HOUSED IN CUSTOM MADE BOXES WITH TWO INSERTS. BLOODYMINDED: NICOLE CHAMBERS, XAVIER LARADJI, ISIDRO REYES, PIETER SCHOOLWERTH, MARK SOLOTROFF. RECORDED LIVE AT SPOOKY ACTION PALACE IN ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, AUGUST 8, 2006. PHASES : THREE (PART ONE AND PART TWO) PROCESSED BY MARK SOLOTROFF AT CONSERVATORY, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, SEPTEMBER, 2007. MASTERED BY SALVATORE DELLARIA AT EIGHTYSEVENWEST RECORDING COMPANY, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, SEPTEMBER, 2007.


PHASES : FOUR

1: PHASES : FOUR (11:14)

ORIGINALLY RELEASED AS A DIGITAL SINGLE IN 2012, ON BLOODLUST! (B!123). THE FINAL PHASE. ORIGINALLY RECORDED FOR RELEASE IN 2009 AS A SINGLE-SIDED 12-INCH ON LAND O'SMILES RECORDS, AS PART OF THEIR NOW-DEFUNCT THE BLACK LODGE SERIES. STUDIO ELEMENTS RECORDED AT CONSERVATORY, CHICAGO, IL, 2008-2009. LIVE ELEMENTS RECORDED AT THE EMPTY BOTTLE, CHICAGO, IL, JUNE 6, 2008 AND JULY 25, 2008. ASSEMBLED AND MIXED AT LIQUIDE SOUNDSTUDIOS, CHICAGO, IL, FEBRUARY, 2009. ENGINEERED BY JONATHAN DEVRIES. PRODUCED BY MARK SOLOTROFF. BLOODYMINDED: XAVIER LARADJI, JAMES MOY, ISIDRO REYES, PIETER SCHOOLWERTH, MARK SOLOTROFF.


MASTERED FOR CD BY MARK SOLOTROFF, AUGUST, 2021.


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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Mark Solotroff Video Premiere


Return To Pleasure (Body Into Voice)

Reposting from Earsplit PR
 

Bloodyminded and Anatomy Of Habit founder, electronic music veteran, artist, multi-instrumentalist, and all around noise mastermind MARK SOLOTROFF is pleased to premiere his latest video, “Return To Pleasure (Body Into Voice),” today via CVLT Nation. The track comes off SOLOTROFF’s Not Everybody Makes It full-length, released independently last month.

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.

Offers SOLOTROFF of the solemn video, “It’s been difficult to view the devastating wildfires on the West Coast, over the last several years, and to not be moved by the widespread damage that they cause. During my last trip to Los Angeles, a friend who lives there pointed out vast stretches of scorched landscape as we drove along the expressway in his car, not all that far from Downtown, where I was staying. I’ve also lived through a fire in a former home in Chicago. There’s nothing like being woken up very early on a Sunday morning by neighbors pounding on your door, only to realize that half of your building is in flames. The distinct smell remained with me for a long time. Fire is a frightening but fascinating thing to see and to hear and I appreciate how it becomes very abstract, as you focus deeper on the dancing flames.

“‘Dancing,’ what a poetic word we use! Inspired by the legacy of experimental filmmakers who have been based in Chicago, from László Moholy-Nagy to Stan Brakhage, and Owen Land (who was actually my cousin; a progressively distant one, as far as my family history goes) to Lisa Slodki (AKA Noise Crush, whose work was exhibited by the Museum Of Contemporary Art and who collaborates with my bandmate Isidro Reyes and me, when we perform as The Fortieth Day), I created this abstract meditation on the destructive power of fire.”
 

View MARK SOLOTROFF’s “Return To Pleasure (Body Into Voice),” now playing at CVLT Nation, at THIS LOCATION.


View SOLOTROFF’s previously released video for “Charged Matter (The Problem From The Inside)” HERE

Not Everybody Makes It is  available on CD, in a four-panel digipak featuring SOLOTROFF’s photography, and on all major digital platforms. Find orders via Bandcamp HERE or iTunes/Apple Music HERE where the record can be streamed in full.

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 Garçons, 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”).


“…Not Everybody Makes It is somber and deliberately restrained, meant to be played at a volume that allows the ambient sounds of the listener’s home to slip through… SOLOTROFF shapes sound into bite-size meditations that thread the needle between representing anxiety and soothing it. Much of his work is confrontational and violent, but he’s also a master of the elegiac (such as in Anatomy Of Habit), and that’s on full display throughout Not Everybody Makes It. Like much of the music I’ve heard from the past year and a half, its emotional perimeter has been shaped in part by solitude, grief, and worry… a beautiful, subtle record that will reward repeated listenings. – Chicago Reader

SOLOTROFF focuses upon emotional states, as through chronicling a mix of anxiety and mourning. There’s space to immerse within the morose sounds that SOLOTROFF presents… it’s quietly surreal.” Captured Howls

“Themes of isolation have been prevalent in SOLOTROFF‘s recent work, with a series of eight tapes in the past few years (compiled earlier this year onto three 2CD volumes as the Strategic Planning series), but while those captured a sense of urban loneliness and anomie, Not Everybody Makes It is more personal and introspective. Besides the intentional imagery conveyed by the title, the hushed volumes and pseudo-melodies (not something often associated with his work) lock on to this sense of loneliness and despair.” – Brainwashed

SOLOTROFF’s ear for sound is more unique than most. A listen to this record may inspire a new way of thinking and appreciating noise; a ponder into the authenticity of sound regarding what we consider to be music.” – Distorted Sound

“This collection was in part SOLOTROFF’s response to the emergence of the pandemic last year, a set of circumstances that intensified the significance of the themes with which his work is usually concerned – how people navigate and interact with each other, particularly in an age of alienation caused by severe digital fragmentation, how cities develop and how the human body navigates urban environments. Taking this into account the layers of stillness, movement, fragility, ambivalence, menace, and unease wrapped in the strata of glassy, metallic drone make sense.  This is a very beautiful yet disquieting collection that SOLOTROFF has created, perfect for our times.” – The Sleeping Shaman

“Those who like their ambient music to be dark, dystopian, and minimalist in nature should have a very good chance of finding this album to be quite the rewarding experience.” – The Viking In The Wilderness