Pioneering electronic duo Pitch Black drop their sixth studio album, “Third Light”, on 13th September 2019.
Their two-decade career of fusing different musical styles is in full effect across the eight track release. Dub, downbeat, techno, drum’n’bass and cinematic ambience are all ingredients in an echo-drenched odyssey that moves the heart and mind and body, as Pitch Black’s distinctive sonic signature of deep analogue dub combines with beats ranging from slinky to slamming and vocals spanning enigmatic to emphatic.
As the album shifts between dance floor and brain food, it reflects on a world similarly in transition between two states. On the one hand, the planet faces depleting resources and a looming climate emergency; on the other, capitalism and consumerism are marching blindly onwards. As a result of this conundrum, there are many contemplative moments on the album, most notably with the world’s extinction echoing in the ambience of the final track “Did You Get the Message”.
Despite prevaricating between pessimism and optimism, “Third Light” is far from a depressing record. After all, Pitch Black are far from technological luddites, and just as their futuristic beats strive for a progressive future, so they hope for a more harmonious tomorrow.
“Third Light” is available on CD or can be downloaded or streamed from the following:
They're on tour this October and November
17/10: Neck of the Woods, Auckland - Tickets from bit.ly/2P0b8zM
19/10: White Night, Napier - free
24/10: San Fran, Wellington with Ludus - Tickets from bit.ly/2KFo9dM
25/10: Church Steps, Nelson - free
07/11 Sebright Arms, London with Robot Riddims - Tickets from bit.ly/2WyGQCV
08/11 Sebright Arms, London with Polyop - Tickets from bit.ly/2OyjoDa
09/11 Aubergine 3000, Paris with Sound Strider, Sparky Riot, Youthie and Ghost in the Chill - door sales only
10/11 OCCII, Amsterdam with Uncle Fester on Acid and Ramses - Tickets from bit.ly/2IF1T1i
13/11 Crofters Rights, Bristol - Tickets from bit.ly/2Xazypd
14/11 23 Bath St, Frome with Sangita Soundsystem and Brewtski - Tickets from bit.ly/2KxzlLo
15/11 The Tin Music and Arts, Coventry with dr trippy and 100th Monkey - Tickets from bit.ly/2VFYlBv
16/11 Panke, Berlin with qnp and Bill Robin - Tickets from bit.ly/2XsFF97