Born Purple


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SORBET is a palette-cleansing musical collaboration from producer Chris W Ryan for musicians to write tangentially from their usual process (to keep things fresh and avoid creeping burnout).

Born Purple (feat. Mícheál Keating) releases Aug 2 on Abbreviated Records. Inspired by Tim Hecker, Aphex Twin and Thom Yorke, distorted drums (from a Teenage Engineering OP-Z) swell and crush against muted piano and a simmering falsetto provided by Mícheál Keating (Bleeding Heart Pigeons).

"The imagery in the verse comes from a time I saw a cow die of milk fever - a fatal calcium deficiency she developed trying to provide milk for her newly born calf. We did all we could to save her. She was stretched out on the grass, hyperventilating, slowly dying, as the crows picked out her eyes.”


released August 1, 2019

music by chris w ryan (Robocobra Quartet)
vocals by mícheál keating (Bleeding Heart Pigeons)




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Track Name: Born Purple feat. mickykiiatein
born - purple - gulping at the air
tiny body lying there

crying out - reaching for mother’s milk
that mammalian design;

and mother’s fallen with a fever
heart racing desperately
her belly bloats with sickness
her limbs becoming cold

dread sets into her face
terror in her eyes
looking beyond, seeing
shivering burning dying

beginning - middle - end

and i wonder
and i wonder
as great sickness descends
is there nothing we can do
is the story old as mountains?
some time before time
crept into form;
beginning - middle - end