Pitch Black Mirror (hands / sonic groove, 2016)

by Orphx

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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" - 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

Written and produced by Rich Oddie and Christina Sealey.
Vocals on "Sever The Signal" and "Walk Into The Broken Night" by Marie Davidson.
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 Shutz.

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Orphx Hamilton, Ontario

One of the most highly respected acts in both techno and industrial circles, Orphx have been developing their signature fusion of hypnotic rhythms and experimental noise for the past twenty years. Rich Oddie and Christina Sealey draw upon the darker, psychedelic fringes of techno and electro, mixing these elements with the experimental aesthetics and themes of early industrial music. - Pull Proxy ... more

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