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Posted : Oct 7, 2016 20:13:30
Celebrating 20 years in the music business, Pitch Black are happy to announce their fifth studio album, Filtered Senses, is now available worldwide.
Their sound is unique - you can always tell a Pitch Black tune - and deeply rooted in the awesome immensity of Aotearoa’s natural landscape: the bass reverberates through the Southern Alps, the beats skitter like cicadas on a sweltering summer’s afternoon, and the dub pours forth with all the rhythms and textures of the lush native bush and pure rivers.
The secret to their longevity is that if you’re never in fashion, you’re never go out of fashion! In an age when electronic genres and fads come and go seemingly monthly, Pitch Black have managed to keep their unique sonic identity due to the blend of two very different personalities and musical styles: Paddy Free, the manic groove-merchant, and Michael Hodgson, the dark dub-meister.
Since their first gig at the Gathering festival on Takaka Mountain in 1996, Mike and Paddy have wowed audiences all over the world with extensive touring through North America, Europe and Japan, showcasing their unique genre-bending live electronic sonic palette, always accompanied by a live triggered video show.
They are both renowned individually as solo artists and producers, with Paddy recently co-writing and producing with Moana & the Tribe and Nga Tae, while Mike has been writing, producing and remixing under his solo artist name, Misled Convoy.
Their different approaches to music can be summed up as Paddy wants to do it for the crowd, while Mike wants to do it to the crowd. Paddy puts it more gently when he said “I give people an entry-point into Mike’s sonic universe, and he makes my musical world a more interesting place to be”.
Filtered Senses has one foot on the dancefloor, one eye in the cinema and both ears in psychedelic stereo, with the tracks ranging from the ambient wash of “A Great Silence is Spreading” to the stomping foot tapper of “Pixel Dust”, with everything else in between.
The album saw them adopt a new working method - one they’ve dubbed (pardon the pun) remote-control. With Mike situated in London since 2012 and Paddy temporarily based in New York, Filtered Senses was written by swapping files over the web, with an intensive two week mixing session together in Mike’s studio in Hackney to finish the job.
Pitch Black regularly collaborate with MC’s and vocalists who bring a different groove and a fresh sound to their tracks. Filtered Senses is no different, with the vocals on the album contributed by Alison Evelyn, a Londoner who Mike met at a vinyl night he runs. Her contemplative and observational words fit beautifully into the Pitch Black sound.
Despite nine years between albums and four years living in different hemispheres, Filtered Senses is instantly recognisable as a Pitch Black album thanks to their signature sonic landscape of unfeasibly large bass and a sophisticated mix of playfulness amidst the menacing undertones and endless delays.
The album is available from https://pitchblack.bandcamp.com/album/filtered-senses or from all the usual suspects: iTunes, Beatport, Amazon etc