Walking Ghost Phase (Featuring Justine O'Gahdra​-​Sharp)

from by The Mercy Cage & Justine O'Gahdra-Sharp



'Walking Ghost Phase' is the oldest of the current arc of cage songs. it began life as a Musique Concrète sound collage of cellphone recordings of ambient Melbourne nightlife & took the better part of a year to evolve into something resembling a song.

It’s a slow-motion death rattle driven by prepared guitar & piano, rattling percussion, performed analogue synths & an Amazing vocal by Justine O'Gahdra-Sharp.


if i...
seemed to phase right through you
to conjure loss from the air
another set of
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.
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.


from Walking Ghost Phase, released February 23, 2017
vocal: Justine O'Gahdra-Sharp
words & music, instruments & programming: josh wood

Vocal recorded May 1 2016 @ Molière Recording, Wellington NZ.
Vocal recording engineer: Bryan Tabuteau
'Walking Ghost Phase' recorded & mixed April 2015 - February 2017
@ VET_ labs. Auckland NZ



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