From Sam ----- Enjoy this FREE DOWNLOAD of the 30th Anniversary remastered ASHES IN THE BRITTLE AIR ! If you like the music, rather than contribute here please go to the Kickstarter page and make a pledge. www.kickstarter.com/projects/samrosenthal/black-tape-for-a-blue-girls-ashes-in-the-brittle-air-30th?ref=b87mf9
Every pledge helps us create the deluxe expanded edition 2CD / LP edition. I’m excited to create this reissue with the help of people who want to see my Kickstarter campaign succeed – people like you!
This download includes the pristine and powerful 2019 mix of "Across a thousand blades," plus an 8-song HIGHLIGHT of recent BlackTape releases.
Every backer who pledges at Kickstarter gets a 21-track bonus download (as soon as my mastering guy finishes it). It includes five finally-mixed-to-perfection tracks that were cut from the 1989 release, as well as a number of demos and early mixes, including the evolution of “Across a thousand blades.”
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The Kickstarter is looking to raise $9000 which is all going to be spent on manufacturing the 2CD edition, the clear-vinyl LP, the remastering, the cool extras for higher pledges, and the costs associated with running a crowdfunding campaign.
This is my 12th Kickstarter; it’s the way I fund my releases. Crowdfunding is a wonderful connection I make with people who love the art I create. I meet more and more fans from back-in-the-day this way; I enjoy communicating with you and hearing your experiences with my music. So often, I'm told that my albums were there for you at a tough time in your life. A breakup, a death, a personal crisis; it’s very rewarding to hear that the sounds I created for my own emotional reasons were helpful when you needed it.
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The 30th Anniversary remastering of ASHES IN THE BRITTLE AIR sounds amazing! The vocals are so much more present, the instruments are clear, yet the album retains that dreamy, romantic quality you remember from the 80s.
I'm hoping after you dive back into the release, you'll return to www.kickstarter.com/projects/samrosenthal/black-tape-for-a-blue-girls-ashes-in-the-brittle-air-30th?ref=b87mf9
and pledge to help make the physical release exist.
ASHES IN THE BRITTLE AIR - A bit of history
The third album from my band contained angst and trepidation in the lyrics yet also beauty and hopeful melancholia in the mood and music. It’s an album of existential, ethereal, and gothic musings. ASHES was the release that brought my music out of the fanzine-based underground to listeners of what in the 80s we called “college radio.” “Across a thousand blades” on CMJ's CERTAIN DAMAGE compilation CD went to stations across the country and garnered regular airplay. In fact, many of you have mentioned that ASHES was your first exposure to Black tape for a blue girl.
Alternative Press: “This is hurting, romantic lament. Herrera’s vocals suddenly ram me with image-brimming, griping vacancy of the precariously desperate soul hanging beneath hope by a frayed thread.”
As I wrote in the original album description: “Bursting forth like a lucid dream, this release unearths powerful connections to deeper truths. Sue-Kenny’s folk approach and Oscar’s intense voice guide the way through Sam’s tales of existential personal introspection.”
The core of this re-release is the remastered 11-track ASHES IN THE BRITTLE AIR album, a gem of 4AD-inspired ethereal art rock. This was the late 80s. The Cocteau Twins recently released BLUE BELL KNOLL, Dead Can Dance released the brilliant THE SERPENT'S EGG, and I created this brooding album with a dark, soulful approach. Some listeners found the album schizophrenic with all the styles and vocalists; the variety made total sense to me — I was a big fan of Ivo Watts-Russell's This Mortal Coil, and Brian Eno’s ANOTHER GREEN WORLD.
Option Magazine: “We’re talking deep European existential despair here, the fevered outpouring of a tortured soul.”