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by Black Sea Dahu

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Orbit 05:45
I went home and straight into oblivion Closed the door and couldn’t move from the floor Two weeks later I was found (I) had become one with the ground You enter the room to check on me and dust me off Sort me out, spin me around But there’s nothing you can say to make it right And make me sit up straight So you try to mold me into an another shape But please don’t make me Please don’t make me In the dead of night I look my best Shower and dissolve There's no more space in my head I want to disappear and I will Dream is reality is dreamreality Now I can’t tell if I’m awake or dreaming Let me help you understand The contradiction that I am And spare me your wisdom I quit trying to fit the system So please don’t make me Please don’t make me I am the smoke you’re breathing in and out You’re unaware the fire’s just lit and not burnin’ out In solitude and isolation Be mine, my salvation Aaaaah Let solitude and isolation Be my salvation If it wasn’t for the moon, the earth would fall out of orbit Out of all the shocks I've stumbled on you're the hardest one to absorb It all goes up in flames once you leave I need to feel free (But) don’t let me Please don’t let me
The day has long dawned When you’re waking up Your walls illuminated By the summer sun Memories of him Are dancing around you in the dark Et le temps se fuit Le temps se fuit The day has long dawned Then the current pulls you under You’re whole world’s been upside down for months Oh, don’t get out of bed, don’t leave me behind Oh, your frame will shift and all your insides twist The ringing in your ears slowly grow back Oh, le temps se fuit Ohh, hmm It’s so hard to be your friend You're always getting out faster than anyone can Start a conversation with you You miss the trees, the sound of moving leaves Just to linger for a while How good would it feel just to feel To feel To feel Oh how good would it feel just to feel To feel To feel Oh, how good would it feel just to feel To feel To feel To feel Ohh, hmm Le temps se fuit (Le temps se fuit)
Mind Power 05:21
The path of a calf brought to slaughter Sucked into the vortex of water To face death To face death To face death It might be better to be guided by the strange What if the world were to change With mind power With mind power With mind power I am on my way to meet myself In the presence of the fake I am a real gift So what if this is all I contribute to society The pieces I write, creation pouring out to overcome anxiety With mind power With mind power With mind power If you knew the things that we could rise above Transform, unfold the earth you're dreaming of what a wonderful world oh wonderful wonderful world
Now that I’m free I’ve got no one And no one’s waiting for me So why do I feel so heavy Heavyhearted I never wanted to do you any harm Forgive me for I am not acting like I’ve grown But I can’t do well when you’re gone We’re walking under the same sun Can’t think of anything But your hands and the drum I’m letting my hair grow out again But you wouldn’t know cause you won’t see me anymore And soon I’m gonna be thrown out of my apartment Cause my fucked up neighbour says that my guitar is too loud I never wanted to do you any harm Forgive me for I am not acting like I’ve grown But I can’t do it when you’re gone I never wanted to do you any harm Forgive me for I am not acting like I’m grown But I can’t do well when you’re gone


For an introvert, finding yourself in the limelight is the equivalent of becoming an object of interest under the searing, concentrated beam passing through a magnifying lens. Add the multi-tabbed, jagged nature of touring to the mix, and depression is a very probable outcome.* With the latest EP from Black Sea Dahu, the cinematic opus titled Orbit, band leader and front woman Janine Cathrein examines the carnage wrought by a life that chose her. The material is heavier than anything the group has recorded previously, but it also reaches redemptive / ecstatic heights the band had not scaled to date. In other words, it's music as salve – tuned to the soul’s full dynamic range.

On the soaring, piano-driven Mind Power, Catherine addresses anxiety head-on. Whether it’s latent existential fear or the deep despair triggered by a world that seems to be tearing at the seams; dealing with the carnage of a relationship or the trauma induced by nearly drowning (a surfing accident), she speaks to a feeling that is “like having a vice closing around your throat.” Yet, like the rest of the songs, this one crescendos into an empowering anthem; and it peaks on the words “if you knew the things that we could rise above.” Film music meets drum circle meets opera – what is genre anyway? Orbit has that Ganesha push-through-any-obstacle type of energy, yet it talks about years of dealing with insomnia and heavy bouts of anxiety brought about by a gruesome touring schedule. But, it also speaks to the power of music and how it allows a musician to transmute these type of experiences into something that’s not only beautiful, but healing. Le Temps Se Fuit is a meditation on the nature of time, as well as the uncanny feeling of being in a million places simultaneously (sound familiar?). Based on a montage of memories set to a slippery, buoyant arrangement, the song swells as it gets brighter by the beat. My Guitar is too Loud rocks! And it fucking rocks hard! Stadium-type hard! It came to Catherine fully formed, with the I-don’t-give-fuck about anything attitude and all. The song was inspired by a real-life incident: a run-in with a psychologically abusive neighbour that almost got Cathrein evicted from her apartment. It’s an anthem for survivors and the type of tune that will remind you to keep your spine straight when you’re really going through it!

Sonically, this is the chunkiest Black Sea Dahu release to date. Cathrein is not coy about her ambitions to write for the silver screen. This hunger for fleshy arrangements and the ability to play around with color is fully manifest here. The sweeping violins featured on Mind Power and Orbit were laid down by her alone (the cello played by her brother, Simon) – 10 intense days spent in the studio mimicking a full orchestra. The effect is astounding! It’s almost scary to imagine what would happen if Black Sea Dahu had access to an actual orchestra!

*Most modern-day philosophers agree that anxiety/depression is a definitive characteristic of our zeitgeist. Note: read anything by Mark Fisher.


released November 11, 2022


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Black Sea Dahu is a singer-songwriter called Janine and her band. They're based in Zurich, Switzerland.


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