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.
released July 10, 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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