Flowers for Mankind EP

by Pulse State

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Pulse State's sole member, Mike Phipps, spent years perfecting the synthpop and melodic EBM sides of the project's sound, culminating in the 2008 album With a Single Step. Now, after several years, the other foot falls. Darkwave and electro-Goth elements are woven into the tapestry of Pulse State, yet the project remains somewhat close to its synth/EBM roots at the same time.

This balancing act is what has driven and defined Pulse State in the last four years since With a Single Step. The Flowers for Mankind EP, especially the title track itself, shows Mike's growth as a musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer. It improves upon all aspects of the project, while opening several avenues of possible development for the future. No one knows with any certainty what lies ahead for Pulse State, but the next chapter is surely being written with this release.

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released May 4, 2012

All tracks written by M. Phipps between January 2005 and November 2009.

All vocals re-recorded by M. Phipps in April 2012.

All tracks produced and mixed by M. Phipps in April 2012.

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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: Flowers for Mankind (Fractional)
Innocence! Ignorance! It's all the same!
Arrogance, with no sense! We play the game!

And if a force should wipe us out
I don't think I would care
Our kind is a dying breed
With a cross it cannot bear

*And in this moment I confide
I give you flowers, watch them die
Is there any hope for peace at all?
And in this moment I confide
You give me flowers, watch me die
Is there any hope for our kind?

Watch me die!

Consolation! Fall of nation! It's all the same!
Bureaucracy! Hypocrisy! We play the game!

And if the stars fall from the sky
My heart won't miss a beat
Enduring terror from ourselves
This life is no great feat

Enduring terror from ourselves

Flowers...
Give me flowers for mankind... so I could die...
Give me flowers for mankind... so I could die!

*And in this moment I confide
I give you flowers, watch them die
Is there any hope for peace at all?
And in this moment I confide
You give me flowers, watch me die
Is there any hope for our kind?

Flowers for mankind
Track Name: January Love (Cold Front)
I'm standing here alone
The snow is falling all around
I try to reach for you
As I collapse onto the ground
My world is full of darkness
It's like the sun has left the sky
I hear no sound at all
Save for all the tears I cry

*Even though you're far away
I feel you, January Love
Emerged from cold December
In my mind, you never died
Will you return to light the way?
I need you, January Love
And if we never meet again
I'll still dream your smile

I'm going blind again
Everything fades out to black
I cannot find my path
And my resolve begins to crack
Just for a last time
I want to feel you touching me
Your touch could bring me back
From this prison, set me free!

*Even though you're far away
I feel you, January Love
Emerged from cold December
In my mind, you never died
Will you return to light the way?
I need you, January Love
And if we never meet again
I'll still dream your smile
Track Name: Regression (The New Modern)
Regression
The act of letting go
When the quality of your life fades away

Regression
I've done this many times
It's the old familiar crutch on which I lay

*Loneliness never felt so right before
Self inflicting, dismantling
Exposing my core
It's so cathartic, living solitary life
It's given me the time I need
Away from sadness
Sadness and strife

Regression
The time of my despair
But sometimes I want pain to set me free

Regression
No one will understand
But their opinions matter not to me
Not to me...

*Loneliness never felt so right before
Self inflicting, dismantling
Exposing my core
It's so cathartic, living solitary life
It's given me the time I need
Away from sadness and strife

*Loneliness never felt so right before
Self inflicting, dismantling
Exposing my core
It's so cathartic, living solitary life
It's given me the time I need
Away from sadness
Sadness and strife
Track Name: Faith:Loss (Copernicus Groove)
From birth until we all will die
We never find the reason why
We all live alone

We go through partners, loves, and friends
And still we cannot comprehend
Do we live alone?
Souls without a home?
Hearts as cold as stone?

*Faith loss
No cost

What is the reason we were placed
Upon this vast, green planet's face?
Was it just to be alone?

Or do we share the universe
With others that have lived here first
Or are we still alone?
Souls without a home?
Hearts as cold as stone?

*Faith loss
No cost
Track Name: Flowers for Mankind (Processional)
Innocence! Ignorance! It's all the same!
Arrogance, with no sense! We play the game!

And if a force should wipe us out
I don't think I would care
Our kind is a dying breed
With a cross it cannot bear

*And in this moment I confide
I give you flowers, watch them die
Is there any hope for peace at all?
And in this moment I confide
You give me flowers, watch me die
Is there any hope for our kind?

Consolation! Fall of nation! It's all the same!
Bureaucracy! Hypocrisy! We play the game!

And if the stars fall from the sky
My heart won't miss a beat
Enduring terror from ourselves
This life is no great feat

Give me flowers for mankind... so I could die...
Give me flowers for mankind...

*And in this moment I confide
I give you flowers, watch them die
Is there any hope for peace at all?
And in this moment I confide
You give me flowers, watch me die
Is there any hope for our kind?

Flowers for mankind
Track Name: Regression (Child of the 80's)
Regression
The act of letting go
When the quality of your life fades away

Regression
I've done this many times
It's the old familiar crutch on which I lay

*Loneliness never felt so right before
Self inflicting, dismantling
Exposing my core
It's so cathartic, living solitary life
It's given me the time I need
Away from sadness
Sadness and strife

Regression
The time of my despair
But sometimes I want pain to set me free

Regression
No one will understand
But their opinions matter not to me
Not to me...

*Loneliness never felt so right before
Self inflicting, dismantling
Exposing my core
It's so cathartic, living solitary life
It's given me the time I need
Away from sadness and strife

*Loneliness never felt so right before
Self inflicting, dismantling
Exposing my core
It's so cathartic, living solitary life
It's given me the time I need
Away from sadness
Sadness and strife
Track Name: January Love (Snowfallen)
I'm standing here alone
The snow is falling all around
I try to reach for you
As I collapse onto the ground
My world is full of darkness
It's like the sun has left the sky
I hear no sound at all
Save for all the tears I cry

I'm going blind again
Everything fades out to black
I cannot find my path
And my resolve begins to crack
Just for a last time
I want to feel you touching me
Your touch could bring me back
From this prison, set me free!

*Even though you're far away
I feel you, January Love
Emerged from cold December
In my mind, you never died
Will you return to light the way?
I need you, January Love
And if we never meet again
I'll still dream your smile
Track Name: Through the Ice
(instrumental)