Pitch Black Mirror

by Orphx

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1.
Unknowing 05:45
Look into the mirror Can you see your reflection The lines of a lifetime The traces of memory You say your boat is splintered The waves of sorrow threaten Too dreadful a drowning Still lost at sea Take my hand Let us dive together Into the darkness At the bottom of the world Realize you must let go Into a future we cannot know Realize you must let go Into a future you cannot know Leap between the verses Learned lines and rehearsals Dissolving fear and habit Into the body of the wave Let us drown into salvation The angels embrace us At the bottom of the ocean We can learn to breathe again Realize you must let go Into a future we cannot know Realize you must let go Into a future you cannot know
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Interference / cut / interrupt / your program / hallucination / crutch / hypnotized / illusion Laceration / break / open up / new pathways / inspiration / touch / reconnect / your system Interference / cut / interrupt / your program Interference / cut / reconnect
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Molten Heart 06:49
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Undying 07:04
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Zero Hour 06:11
Going to look them in the eyes Show them it all Shooting all the lights out Back to the wall Bring all the love to mind Brother, survive Through this bleeding time Sins ever lasting A shadow of myself Follow telepathic Above the law Tricks of the light Think fast Deceit, lies You can't walk away Day in / Day out
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No one is sorry that you're leaving You won't be missed You walk into the broken night So many lose their way You struggle for survival Yearning for the truth The cards are stacked against you And there is no respite My heart's still breaking for you We lost our way I've been waiting for you But you're not here My body's burning for you The light of lust I've been searching for you I'm still nowhere You should've listened to them They know what is best All that has been stolen All that has been lost My heart's still breaking for you We lost our way I've been waiting for you But you're not here My body's burning for you The light of lust I've been searching for you I'm still nowhere
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about

Pitch Black Mirror is the new full length album from industrial techno veterans Orphx, co-presented by Sonic Groove (2xLP + digital) and Hands (CD).

Rich Oddie and Christina Sealey have created a diverse and distinctive body of work over the last 23 years and this album may be their most definitive statement yet. Pitch Black Mirror foregrounds the duo's unique fusion of techno and industrial but also demonstrates their ability to continually push their sound in new and challenging directions by drawing on elements of electro, post-punk, and EBM.

The human voice is a central element here, ranging from subtle layers of samples and location recordings to the more prominent vocals of Rich Oddie and guest vocalist Marie Davidson. The album is also notable for its detailed sound design, courtesy of Sealey's modular synthesizer systems, Oddie's percussion and synth work, and software mutations from founding Orphx member Aron West.

With its sonic and lyrical imagery of watery depths, lost love, and transmutations, Pitch Black Mirror offers a sonic landscape that is clearly inspired by personal and social turmoil but points towards the possibility of creative transformation.

"Superb, dark, imaginative EBM / Industrial Techno album" - Hard Wax

"Orphx is back with an astonishing piece of progressive industrial music, which can be also labeled as industrial-techno. F*** the stamp you want put on it, “Pitch Black Mirror” simply is one of the best albums of 2016!" - Side Line

"The album defies any limitations that would be imposed upon it by accepting the conventions of any genres, using elements of Techno, EBM, Noise, Industrial, and Post-Punk as Oddie and Sealey see fit. This is surely the best electronic music album to come out this November, if not all of 2016." - Post Punk

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released November 4, 2016

All tracks written and produced by Rich Oddie and Christina Sealey except tracks 2 + 3: written and produced by Rich Oddie. Vocals on "Sever The Signal" and "Walk Into The Broken Night" by Marie Davidson. Additional sound design on "Molten Heart" and 'All Rivers At Once" by Aron West.
Mastered by Eric Van Wonterghem.
Cover photo by Thomas Lees and Christina Sealey.
Graphic design by Janina Schuetz.

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Orphx have been creating their unique fusion of rhythm and noise since the early 1990s, combining elements of techno with the experimental techniques and critical spirit of industrial music.

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