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After nine busy years traveling the world, Pitch Black are thrilled to announce the release of their fifth album 'Filtered Senses'

It's available direct from them at Bandcamp, via all digital download stores, streaming sites and as a CD in pretty much every country except for North America (that's now October 7th).

The album is instantly recognisable as one of theirs, thanks mainly to the unfeasibly large bass and the endless delays. There are touches of playfulness amidst the menacing undertones plus some fresh new sounds in the mix. As with all of their releases to date, it happily jumps genres, with 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 those two, 'Filtered Senses' could be described as having one foot on the dancefloor, one eye in the cinema and both ears in psychedelic stereo.

 

Their tour dates for the New Zealand summer have begun to be revealed, with shows at Northern Bass on 30/12, Rhythm and Alps on 31/12 and Sundaise on 11/03 announced so far.

 


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Just `ve got this album today and have big pleasure listen to it.

Well done :)



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Classic Pitch Black goodness... will never tire of the glitchy, bassy rythyms..



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Favourite tracks =  "A Great Silence Is Spreading" and "It’s The Future Knocking". The Kaminanda remix of "Invisible Chatter" (released earlier) is also great :)



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Mike from Pitch Black has made a video for the next single ....



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Great vid.  I get the "without the trees" now..!  

 

Circuit bent... yup, and a few burnt out.  I'm not sure I'm as optimistic as the video, with the happy ending 'n all, but you can always hope...

 

All in all a very dark track, reminiscent of Massive Attack, without wanting to take away from the unique Pitch Black sound.  I would be buying the album if I wasn't such a poor student... sigh



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review by Mike G @ Ambient Music Guide's Best Albums of 2016:

 

A hearty welcome back to one of the greatest dub acts in the world, New Zealand’s Pitch Black. The new album Filtered Senses is gold class, their first collection of new original tunes in nearly a decade. On the dub-tech axis, the band's music still sits first and foremost towards the dub end. This makes it quite distinct from many of the current crop of dub-techno acts where the dominant voice is techno, even though both styles use dub’s signature delay and echo effects. So in Pitch Black’s case the bedrock is usually not metronomic 4/4 beats but more complex grooves and rhythms pinned down with big, tuneful basslines. The techno element is more in the textures - the sparingly-used snarls and bleeps and floating ambient clouds. Three tracks on the album also feature a female vocal, smartly woven into the music as texture rather than song so that lyrics are never a distraction. Filtered Senses finds Pitch Black at the top of their game, a deft mixture of force and understatement, sounding like no one but themselves. 


open the doors and let the music flood in


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Thanks for posting Mike G's review of the album - this is from his best of 2016 post: http://ambientmusicg...albums-of-2016/

 

A bit late in posting this, but Mike also made a video for Tom Cosm's remix of 'Without the Trees':



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Pitch Black have just dropped the 3rd single from this album, the smokey dub track imaginatively titled ‘Dub Smoke’.

Remixes come courtesy of David Harrow under his Oicho guise and Nick Triipswitch.

The former is perhaps best known for his work as Technova and James Hardway, and met the boys in the nineties when he was working with Salmonella Dub on their 'Killvervision' album. He has provided a suitably laid back wobbly dub reduction.

Nick Tripswitch came to fame with his 'Circuit Breaker' album for Liquid Sound Design back in '05, and has been forging a singular path through the music world ever since. Of late he is leaning more towards progressive and deep house sounds than the downtempo he used to make, with his remix leaning towards the progressive in this case.

 

The single is available from all the usual suspects plus direct from Bandcamp.

 

Here be the latest video:

 



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Normally when a band releases the 4th single from their latest album, the tendency is to glaze over in despair. Thankfully, despite the pretentious title, 'It's The Future Knocking' from Pitch Black is a release that sparks the opposite effect.

Not only is the original a tasty slice of dubwise electronica, but as usual for them, they have pulled in a bevvy of remixers to add breadth and depth to their release. In this case, it's a veritable dubgasm as not one, but three, dub producers step up to rinse the bottom end.

First up is Anglo export slash Kiwi resident International Observer, who brings his light playful touch to the original, while building on top of a deep groove.

Following him is dub royalty in the form of Alpha Steppa. The son and nephew of scene stalwarts Alpha and Omega, his UK steppers style mix wobbles you firmly onto the dancefloor.

Finally remix dons Deep Fried Dub add fire to the beats and finish up the EP in an old school drum and bass style.

 

The EP is available from Bandcamp and the rest via http://smarturl.it/futureknocking

 

And the video (of course there's a video) is up at






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