Embers

by Pulse State

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Shortly after the release of Pulse State's début album, With a Single Step (2008), project founder and sole studio member Mike Phipps began incorporating darkwave and darker synthpop elements into the PS framework. The initial fruits of these labors were documented on 2012's The Science of Despair (as well as its attendant EP releases in 2012-13).

Those integration efforts have continued since then, as evidenced by the new Pulse State single, Embers. The PS sonic palette now features more darkwave influences, including guitar parts, which hearken back to the sound of the '80s and '90s classic dark rock and Goth acts; however, this is still balanced with the familiar mix of synthpop and melodic EBM for which Pulse State initially became known. On the single's five tracks (two of which were created exclusively for this release), the gamut is run between all of these influences to varying degrees, tied together both thematically and by the common thread of Mike's signature vocals.

Pulse State's artistic journey, now in its 18th year, has reached its latest milestone with the Embers single, which also serves as a small sampling of what the forthcoming album, Black Highway, will deliver. You are invited to listen, to dance, to reflect, and most importantly, to live your life to this music. Released exclusively on the Pulse State Bandcamp page.

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released 10 July 2015

Music, lyrics, and performance: Mike Phipps

All songs on this release performed, recorded, mixed, and mastered in June-July 2015 by Mike Phipps at Starfactor Lab, Hazel Park, Michigan, USA

Cover artwork concept and design: Chris Halfan and Mike Phipps

01 and 04 are alternate versions of "Embers", which is due to be released on the forthcoming album Black Highway.

02 and 03 are exclusive to this release.

05 is an alternate version of "Christabelle", which is also due to be released on Black Highway.

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Pulse State Detroit, Michigan

Pulse State is a music project from the Detroit area, consisting of producer/vocalist/songwriter Mike Phipps (also known for his ambient/minimal techno project Saturn Zero) and live keyboardist Chris Halfan. Currently, the project is balanced between darkwave, Gothic rock, melodic EBM, synthpop, and new wave influences.

All Pulse State releases from 2012 and later can be found here.
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Track Name: Embers (Burning Mix)
I have memories of places
And people I have known
And for now, I remember
As my life has grown

These experiences
Were for better and for worse
Burning like a thousand embers

*Through the cycle of remembrance
All these memories in me
One by one will fade away
And forgotten they shall be

I hold on to recollections
Of partners, loves, and friends
But in time, I won't remember
As life draws toward its end

And my experiences
Become more distant as I age
Fading like a thousand embers

*Through the cycle of remembrance
All these memories in me
One by one will fade away
And forgotten they shall be
Through the cycle of remembrance
All this joy and pain in me
Will one day fade into the void
And forgotten it shall be

(And forgotten it shall be)

*Through the cycle of remembrance
All these memories in me
One by one will fade away
And forgotten they shall be
Through the cycle of remembrance
All this joy and pain in me
Will one day fade into the void
And forgotten it shall be

And forgotten I shall be
Track Name: Invidia
It's the enemy inside me
It's my flesh, blood, and skin
I have all you've ever hunted
The secrets carried deep within (me)

*If I belong to you
Then what must I do
To breach from your invidia
If you leave with shadows' fall
Even if you give your all
Nought remains but your invidia

(Invidia)

(And I have all you've ever hunted)

*If I belong to you
Then what must I do
To breach from your invidia
If you leave with shadows' fall
Even if you give your all
Nought remains but your invidia
Track Name: Never This Again
I move across the water
Without a journey planned
And both the source and destination
Lie unknown

I know not how I got here
Nor how far I must tread
Uncertainty abounds within me
Yet still I roam

*If I ever find my course
If Polaris its light lends
I will leave this place behind
Never this again

I remain on the water
Lost at distant sea
Without the slightest indication
Where to go

Is it my solemn duty
To blaze a brand new trail?
It's the answer to a question
That I may never know

*If I ever find my course
If Polaris its light lends
I will leave this place behind
Never this again
And if storms should follow me
If I ever find the end
Still I'll leave this place behind
Never this again
Track Name: Embers (Fading Mix)
I have memories of places
And people I have known
And for now, I remember
As my life has grown

These experiences
Were for better and for worse
Burning like a thousand embers

I hold on to recollections
Of partners, loves, and friends
But in time, I won't remember
As life draws toward its end

And my experiences
Become more distant as I age
Fading like a thousand embers

(*Through the cycle of remembrance
All these memories in me
One by one will fade away
And forgotten they shall be)

(And forgotten they shall be)

*Through the cycle of remembrance
All these memories in me
One by one will fade away
And forgotten they shall be
Through the cycle of remembrance
All this joy and pain in me
Will one day fade into the void
And forgotten it shall be

(And forgotten it shall be)

*Through the cycle of remembrance
All these memories in me
One by one will fade away
And forgotten they shall be
Through the cycle of remembrance
All this joy and pain in me
Will one day fade into the void
And forgotten it shall be

And forgotten I shall be
Track Name: Christabelle (Demi Mix)
Tonight
You need me
To keep the sun away
The demons are at bay

Tonight
You want me
To hold on to our youth
In time, we'll find the truth

But chaos reigns around you
Ever since the night I found you
So we dance together, it's just as well...
Christabelle

*And the stars shine just for us
And the full moon lights our way
And we're sinking in your ocean
And you're gone...

Tonight
You ask me
To hold so close to you
And of course, I follow through

Tonight
You beg me
To never leave your side
No feelings left to hide

But chaos comes between us
Forever to deceive us
So I dance alone, it's just as well...
Christabelle

Oh, Christabelle

*And the stars shine just for us
And the full moon lights our way
And we're sinking in your ocean
And you're gone, before the light of day

Oh, Christabelle