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New Zealand Industrial act The Mercy Cage return with their first release of all-new material in nearly ten years, featuring acclaimed Wellington-based vocalist Justine O'Gahdra-Sharp.

‘Walking Ghost Phase’ is a slow-motion death rattle driven by ambient sound collage, prepared guitar & piano, rattling percussion, performed analogue synths &, a nuanced, dynamic vocal.

Ahead of an E.P entitled ‘Five Zeroes' due for release later this year and a projected new album in 2018, The 3 track 'Walking Ghost Phase' single is available now from all major online download & streaming platforms.

Justine O’Gahdra-Sharp has been active since the mid 1990’s in the Christchurch and Auckland Industrial/Goth scenes. She has performed in bands such as The Gael, Flinch, DIS with David Khan, Roshgar (a band from Kurdistan) and her own group Pulchritude. Justine is inspired by middle eastern soaring style vocals and Gothic operatics. she draws on these inspirations to allow her voice to become more of an instrument. This is Justine’s first new musical venture since 2009.

The Mercy Cage is a pioneering electro-industrial/cyber-noir band from New Zealand. Notable releases include ‘Rust: A Fiction’ (2001) & ‘Scree:Transmissions’ (2006).

New album 'Other Suicides: A Pocket History Of Cryptography' is due out early 2018.

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released February 23, 2017

1. Walking Ghost Phase (Featuring Justine O'Gahdra-Sharp)
2. Walking Ghost Phase [Lied/Bleeding]
3. Burn Everything You Touch [Ghosts]

vocal: Justine O'Gahdra-Sharp
words & music, instruments & programming: josh wood

'Walking Ghost Phase' recorded & mixed April 2015 - February 2017
Vocal recorded May 1 2016 @ Molière Recording, Wellington NZ.
Vocal recording engineer: Bryan Tabuteau
'Lied/Bleeding' mixed February 7 2017
'Burn Everything You Touch' recorded & mixed February 19 2017
@ VET_ labs. Auckland NZ

Justine photograph: Alexander Hallag, The Music Is Talking.
Cover design: pH

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Track Name: Walking Ghost Phase (Featuring Justine O'Gahdra-Sharp)
if i...
seemed to phase right through you
to conjure loss from the air
another set of
streams
and attractors breaking
to plot backwards
from here.
to the end.

strung along, you're telling stories
want this gone.

and you said,
if this was only distraction
for every hollowed thing you left
when in memoriam, these scarlings fly
and you surface.
for all your razors intent
we arrive again...
at the end

strung along, you're telling stories
want you gone
a line displaced
your revenant corpse for the raves
returns to ash.
irradiates,
and burns us away

do you remember words unsaid
by the voices in your head
in your
walking ghost phase.
another vanished string undone
prompts the fades along
in your
walking ghost phase...
Irradiates & burns us away.
Track Name: Walking Ghost Phase [Lied/Bleeding]
if i...
seemed to phase right through you
to conjure loss from the air
another set of
streams
and attractors breaking
to plot backwards
from here.
to the end.

strung along, you're telling stories
want this gone.

and you said,
if this was only distraction
for every hollowed thing you left
when in memoriam, these scarlings fly
and you surface.
for all your razors intent
we arrive again...
at the end

strung along, you're telling stories
want you gone
a line displaced
your revenant corpse for the raves
returns to ash.
irradiates,
and burns us away

do you remember words unsaid
by the voices in your head
in your
walking ghost phase.
another vanished string undone
prompts the fades along
in your
walking ghost phase...
Irradiates & burns us away.
Track Name: Burn Everything You Touch [Ghosts]
No fair, no-one at home
Fired your prayers to broken stones
Subsume and evaporate
Another corpse for the raves
It's a murderers row here
Salt the earth, Burn to dust
Another lapse unfounded
As hope smiles
Forever
Such a waste
And she drops bombs from the pyre that stain the eyes
Took a stab at immolation and failed
Let's agree that I fell over again
Nothing new here
Move along

It burns us away
Irradiates
And burns us away.

It swallows everything you touch.