Mike Phipps, operating under the Pulse State moniker among others over the years, continues to refine his sound as time moves onward. The Flowers for Mankind EP, released in May 2012, was hailed as a great leap forward for the project in every aspect.
It is now time for the full album, The Science of Despair, to show itself as the next step in this artistic journey. On this album, Mike has broadened his musical and lyrical horizons. While 2008's debut album, With a Single Step, focused on the hopeful and emotional sides of life, The Science of Despair instead chooses to explore the nether regions of society and humanity, past and present. The darkwave and electro-Goth elements are becoming more present than ever before, yet even through all of this, a small hope is allowed to flicker from time to time. Diversity is key across the album's ten tracks, each song sounding different than the others. The listener will find somber darkwave numbers interspersed with melodic EBM/synthpop dance smashers, all tied together with a common thread.
We surely live in times of uncertainty and hopelessness, and The Science of Despair offers a great soundtrack for those times, while still occasionally reminding the listener that there may be a way out.
released October 5, 2012
All songs written by M. Phipps between June 2008 and June 2012.
All songs produced and recorded by M. Phipps at Central Command in April, May and June 2012.
All vocals and vocal recordings by M. Phipps in May, June and July 2012.
Thank you to:
Kerrie (too many reasons to list here!), Robert & Jon @ D:Konstruct (thanks for allowing me to play in D:K with you guys!), Doc @ Eprom Colony, Kat "DJ Pleasure Kitten" Paled (for your continued support and liver stress-tests), Glitch @ Terror Network, DJ Riku Namako, DJ Aaron Hingst, DJ Elektrosonik, DJ Void6, DJ Zachariah Messiah, Scary Guy, all @ Northern Lights in Detroit, DJ Moondancer, Jay/Daemon Nihil @ Owlcave Records, Akasha and Jackie, Kat Cyanide, Ted Cikowski, Pete @ Backspace, Johann @ State of the Union, Mike @ Level 2.0, Eric @ Interface, G.W. @ Soil & Eclipse, Dennis @ Solitary Experiments, Josh @ Function13 & Division X Records, Josh @ Stardotstar & formerly Aimonia, Pat @ Synapse, Sandor Gavin, Matt @ Lunar Effect, Luke & Jeff @ Hello Machine, Peter Marks (for showing me some really cool and/or influential tunes over the years), Aliena, Droid & 5arah as well as the other fine folks @ Violent Playground, Aaron @ Graphic Equlizer Productions, Meg and Mike @ 49% Productions, Helena @ Kinki Kitty, the small but loyal PS fanbase on Facebook, all other PS fans all over the world, and anyone else I forgot to mention.
Pulse State is: Mike Phipps