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Ripped Apparition

by Public Memory

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dmjphotos1 I heard Midsummer Shadow today on Spotify and immediately purchased the Album. Such a great find! Favorite track: Midsummer Shadow.
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evgowdy This sounds like a sweaty vampire sex dungeon on heroin. Fucking love it. I love Azimuth and D witch hat. The last song's riff is a nod to La Mer. This is an amazing listen. Favorite track: Midsummer Shadow.
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◡﹏◡ This album almost feels like a wander back into the atmosphere of Eraas- a darker, more spacious work than Demolition. Easy to listen to five times a night. Favorite track: Lost Future.
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Morgan Routt Public Memory for all! “Ripped Apparition” Long awaited, completely gutting and stealing the show. Bravo!
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HEXSYSTEM Bought this record off Midsummer Shadow alone... listening to it now on my record player. This whole album is FUCKING GREAT! What can I say... amazing. Favorite track: Midsummer Shadow.
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1.
Worn Shadow 01:04
2.
Bad Orbit 05:12
Midsummer shadow Distress or glory But don't mind me No number don't mind me When the depths are shallow Your breath glowing the dry valley in a bunker won't find me Fertile lands are shadowed The allegory But don't mind me No number don't mind me When the fields are fallow The vine is broken The dry valley In a bunker won't find me
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Butcher 04:07
If I could start again I know I'd Be a let down Long face no hope If I could start again I would run Through a ghost town Hong kong Snow globe In the city night We suck the blood In the city light The butcher's eyes In the city night We suck the blood In the city light The butcher's eyes
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Azimuth 02:39
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Some bright silhouette vision of a tiger He's gonna eat through the other side of daylight I'm caught with you now but I'm the one that fears you Not one to restrain the balance of behavior In the cellar of a vineyard house south of France I'm now remembering a skinny shadow on the stairs I ran through a field overrun with fireflies We shared a reverie, bitter summer in decline The night we were lost vision of the piper Dreamed long ago of a gavel in the moonlight I'm far from you now but I know you can feel me Cut in half looking glass tearing up the papers Grim september in your sister's house in a trance Now remembering you said that it was circumstance I fell to your knees coming up with different eyes Redacted memory, the mirror on the other side
8.
Epigone 02:14
Through the glass I'm dilated I need a change in the weather too but I been talked around the town But I'm not sorry for nobody Who runs over the middle man Your nemesis could shush your maker I bend the knee on faded paint Tough luck with a token grimace I didn't crawl on hands and knees for You to breeze through a mystery yeah Fight or flight, I should have known You'd pick the bone at the clap of daybreak
9.
Dracula A.D. 03:13
10.
Lost Future 06:40
Now that I long for the taste Sprung from my hiding place My color scarlet and chaste Spiraling toward The dark Done Before my time Runs out again And my name? No name again They want our decline The light Not the dawn

about

Since 2016, Public Memory has been crafting lo-fi electronica from the darker corners of the psychic landscape. Gritty atmospherics, damaged synthesizers, and unearthly vocals blend with a mixture of electronic and organic percussion, creating a sense of forceful unease. This, when combined with the shadowy production and emotive singing of Robert Toher, creates a singular contrast between power and vulnerability.

Public Memory’s new album, Ripped Apparition, continues to explore these themes. More than anything else that has come before it though, Ripped Apparition is filtered through Public Memory’s narcotic lens–something between dream and nightmare, slowed down and sped up, ugly and beautiful all at once. Rhythm and the power it conjures is still an important part of the album, but the vulnerability behind the power has moved more towards center stage now, however masked by psychic fog and dust it may be. It is as if everything is somehow distilled through a dirty crystal ball in an old opium den, down some long-forgotten alleyway, in some other time.

Upon listening to “Epigone,” you wouldn’t necessarily expect to be taken so deep into this world. The relaxed beats and airy synths contrast nicely with Toher’s anxious, descending melodies, but the overall impression is lighter, more expansive. “Midsummer Shadow,” compresses rather than expands. Constricted, claustrophobic drums force the song forward, despite the feeling of walls closing in around them. As in “Epigone,” synthesizers help to release the listener from the downward pull of the vocals and lyrics. But like the drums, they are ensnared in that same room, attempting to break free of an endlessly recurring obstruction. “Butcher,” is the sedative, hallucinatory cousin of “Epigone.” There is space to breathe, and movement here seems possible, but we aren’t sure in which direction that movement is taking us. Spectral chimes conjure visions and reveries, but tape artifacts and vinyl grime keep us rooted in a worn-out world. We aren’t sure if this is past, present, or future.

Despite playing with our experience of time, Ripped Apparition isn’t simply an exercise in nostalgia. Nor does it retreat to an imagined world to come. The album evokes a degraded past and future, existing simultaneously, saturated with loss and uncertainty. Escape to another time is not an option here anyway; there is only the unrelenting present and an attempt to make sense of the dreams and fantasies we’ve built it on.

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released November 20, 2020

℗ + © 2020 felte
Written, Performed, Recorded, Mixed and Produced by Robert Toher
Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri @ Black Knoll Studio, NY
Photography by hevx
Design/Layout by Robert Toher
Published by Clocktower (ASCAP)

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