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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Track Name: Unknowing
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
Track Name: Sever The Signal (featuring Marie Davidson)
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
Track Name: Zero Hour
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
Track Name: Walk Into The Broken Night (featuring Marie Davidson)
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