Particles of the Infinite by Alex Anthony Faide

Release date: March 18, 2022
Label: 7d Media

It’s always a treat to see where the next logical step of music should take. It has to be sincere, challenging, and brutally honest with yourself on how far you’ve come. For Alex Anthony Faide, he has taken that route with his long-awaited solo release, Particles of the Infinite.

Inspired by King Crimson’s Fracture and Larks’ Tongues in Aspic, Faide goes beyond the challenge by delving his toes in the water and finding his true voice on the guitar. Originally from Buenos Aires and based in the heart of Seattle, Washington, Faide has a decade-like reputation, and a long international artist.

From a co-founder of the third wave surf-wave rock group Los Twang! Marvels, to arranging and touring with Mexican hard rock band Molotov, He is no fluke and he’s the real deal. Championed by Robert Fripp, Alex’s release on Trey Gunn’s 7d label, he shows us this massive tightrope chop that is out of this world.

 

The nine movements on Particles gives listeners a chance to join Faide’s challenge on how far he’s accomplished his mission. You feel some of the unexpected changes that crawl up your spine as Alex makes his fretboard go up and down those laddering effects like a mad scientist, cooking some strange experiments behind closed doors.

Each of the triptych arrangements are like this tidal waving structure of using an alternate cross-picking setup. I can imagine that Alex had studied Anthony Garone’s journey in practicing one of the most complicated masterpieces, ‘Fracture’ from the Starless and Bible Black album released in 1974.

You can tell that Faide has gotten the ball rolling. But once he dives into the ocean from the THRAK movement on ‘VROOM’, it becomes a magical voyage into the unknown infinite worlds we are about to embark on.

And with help from guest drummers including Matt Chamberlain (Slow Music Project, Tori Amos, and David Bowie), Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto, and EchoTest’s Alessandro Inolti, they lend Faide a helping hand by reaching towards the light at the end of the tunnel.

It is fierce, menacing, brutal, filled with attitude, and keeping you on the edge of your seat. Particles of the Infinite is an impressive release from Faide. And I can imagine that this album will knock your socks off from beginning to end.

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