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In early 2000, Robert James Pashman and Patrick Kliesch were feeling like trying something new. They had been very interested in the “trip-hop” movement started years before by bands like Portishead, Massive Attack, Björk and others and set about writing material in their spare time in this vein. Enter star vocalist Ceci Castelblanco, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, who entered the call for a vocalist that the band put out in NY’s Village Voice. The result: the very promising EP length, self-titled "P0rta1" (Portal). Sadly, after just recording 4 songs and finishing 2, Ceci returned to the west coast. “I still look back very fondly on these few songs” says Robert “and I think if we made a full-length album we would have had even better stuff than what we finished. It’s amazing how just the following year came the debut album by Zero 7. I think the albums they’ve made are a really good indicator of what we were setting out to do. Too bad they did it instead of us!”

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released November 1, 2000

©2000 All songs written by Robert James Pashman, Patrick Kliesch except "Twilight" & "Tracers" written with Ceci Castelblanco

Recorded at Village Idiot Studios Ridgefield Park, NJ
Fender Rhodes electric piano, organ, Wurlitzer electric piano and Hohner Clavinet recorded at Briz-land Dunellen, NJ with Tom Brislin
Cover artwork: Ceci Castelblanco

p0rta1:
Robert James Pashman: Organ, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Clavinet, Korg Poly-Six, Bass guitar & Drum programming
Patrick Kliesch: Guitars
Ceci Castelblanco: Lead & backing vocals

Live drums on "Tracers": Dan D'Elia

No auto-tune was used on this recording.

Cover art by Ceci Castelblanco

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Formed in 1990, 3RDegree would release 2 studio albums before a '97 breakup. Their "comeback" album NARROW-CASTER dropped in '08. THE LONG DIVISION followed September 2012 gaining them many fans and a signing with 10T Records which put out '96's HUMAN INTEREST STORY remastered. Summer of 2015 saw ONES & ZEROS-their first concept album. A European tour in September would follow. ... more

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Track Name: Twilight
Compulsively I find a reason
Just to stay in yesterday
I am stuck on this hue of our twilight blue

You see we keep on moving together (into the twilight)
When we should be moving apart
And the residue of you has me broken
Record skipping and tripping outside your door

Oh those sweet days of your sweet gaze
Send me in a whirlwind addicted to wanting you
When you offer up your skin I sink right in
You're everywhere I want to go yet everywhere I've been

Still we keep on moving together
When we should be moving apart
And the residue of you for a start I must shed off

Ahh

We keep on moving together (into the twilight)
When we should be moving apart
And the residue of you for a start I must shed off

We keep on moving together (into a twilight)
When we should be moving apart
And your residue for a start I must compulsively shed off

And we keep on moving together (into a twilight)
When we should be moving apart
And the residue of you I must for a start shed off...
Track Name: Tracers
Red light glares in my face
Yet still I cannot resist the taste
When you approach me closer
Let me endure
Your gorgeous fire seeks to allure me
But it will burn me

Led by the sound of leaves hitting the ground
I just find myself falling again
Right back to where we began

I keep tripping on our tracers
When embers fly
I keep tripping on our tracers
Their burning trails mesmerize

Sometimes I rush and I'm flush with you
Still so lush at times it all feels like new
But it's just a brush with a fate I never knew
I never knew...

It's just a tease lasts as long as the breeze that
blew through here yesterday
I never get out of the way

I keep tripping on our tracers
When embers fly
We keep tripping on our tracers
Their burning trails mesmerize

I can only manage a smile for all this while
You keep pulling me in
I can manage a smile for all this while
I keep on giving in

Ahh...

I keep tripping on our tracers
When embers fly
I keep tripping on our tracers
Their burning trails mesmerize
Mesmerize, mesmerize me
Mesmerize, mesmerize, mesmerize me