Does This Room Actually Exist?
A Deep Dive into Infinity Frequencies' "Between two worlds"
By: Pad Chennington
Infinity Frequencies is no stranger to the Vaporwave scene, 2012’s Euphoria is one of the earliest Vaporwave classics I can remember and ever since then, they have been putting out fascinating material that ties together themes of life and death, unfulfilled romances, loneliness, you name it. The Computer Trilogy consisting of Computer Death, Computer Decay, and the finale release Computer Afterlife are a string of Infinity Frequencies albums that I wish I could go back and experience again for the first time.
Despite a legendary back catalogue of releases, it is Infinity Frequencies’ latest full length album, Between two worlds, that I find to be their most important and significant release yet. 24 short and brittle tracks that tell a story portraying the bottom of your descent into this mysterious room. Two massive lights above you illuminating the strangely empty space you find yourself in, two small columns accompanying two statues frozen in time that seem to be discussing what their next move should be. Do they stay here and wait to see what happens, or do they venture into the next room, a vacuum of darkness that doesn’t want to catch any of the bright and powerful lights from the room right next to it.
“The cover art depicts the world you end up in at the bottom of your descent. The statues and lights all feel familiar. The statues have something to tell you. Maybe a warning of what lies ahead in the dark room behind them. Maybe a useful tip for your journey ahead. I really like to leave these questions to be answered by each individual listener because the experience is different for everyone.” - Infinity Frequencies
Many albums and projects out there attempt to create a lonesome and eerie feeling through minimalistic sample usage, yet many times I tend to get bored halfway through them. Between two worlds ability to keep us hooked lies in the album’s never ending pendulum of reality and imagination, the room you can see and the room that you have to decide if you want to venture into, a plane in which you must cross or not cross. This blend keeps the tracklist meaningful and refreshing throughout it’s runtime, and I haven’t felt this invested in a project that blends moods through sample manipulation since the first time I listened to Everywhere at the End of Time honestly. While both projects clearly have different themes, they both are able to capture our imagination and attention due to the intense shift of attitudes and feelings throughout the project, its gripping and you just can’t turn away from what’s unfolding in front of you. While Everywhere at the End of Time has this happening gradually throughout a span of over 6 hours, the evolution of happy and romanticized memories to the darkest depths of a decayed mind, Between two worlds seems to switch over from classical and concrete to ethereal and translucent every couple of tracks, sometimes every other track. “Synthetic remains” and it’s minute and a half of ghostly piano keys ascending a flight of stairs in the middle of the night transitions into the track “A similar thought”, which can only be pictured as just 43-seconds of hazy, sparkling balls of sound. And after this, we go into the track “Deleted space”, a return to the piano.