Blood on the snow

by Black Tape For A Blue Girl

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Continuing the revival of Black tape for a blue girl’s classic 90s darkwave/ethereal sound.

This release continues stylistically from These fleeting moments and features the same band. Oscar & Dani sing; Nick plays viola; Brian plays drums, and Chase plays guitars and synths on one track. I wrote the songs and play guitar and electronics.

The lyrics are darker and bleaker than the album; I get a sense the theme is futility, though perhaps more specifically it’s about dedication to lost & hopeless causes. The dark mood of the last six months of American politics inspired a desolate and worried anxiety as I was writing these songs.

(Read more about the themes of Blood on the snow on this Kickstarter update:

oscar herrera • vocals || danielle herrera • vocals || nick shadow • viola || brian viglione • drums || chase dobson • baritone guitar, bass & string & horn ensemble, track 1 || sam rosenthal • electronics & acoustic guitar

This is the maxi-CD that was funded at Kickstarter: -- We launched the campaign to raise $1500 to create a collectible edition of Blood on the snow for supporters. We reached the goal in 4 days! 12 hours later the 100 Exclusive Edition CDs (signed, numbered, with backer's name in the booklet) were all pledged. An additional 50 unsigned / unnumbered Standard Edition CDs were added, which sold through on the final day of the campaign. 50 additional standard copies are for the band and a few for Audioglobe, our Italian distributor.

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released January 1, 2017


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Black Tape For A Blue Girl Portland, Oregon

Black Tape for a Blue Girl is an American Ethereal band formed in 1986 by Projekt Records' founder Sam Rosenthal. Their music takes on elements of darkwave, ethereal, ambient, goth and neoclassical music. Director David Lynch is one of the band's more well-known fans. ... more

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Track Name: the Rubicon
two eyes in the darkness
two guides leading me
we’ll cross the rubicon

this belief is all i have
my misplaced trust and faith
sanctioned insanity

following the path of ghosts
following ideals irrevocably
it leads me nowhere

toxic rivers serve as borderlines
we rush across to italy
no time to stop and ask myself

we’ll enter as heretics
wearing wool, blood-stained and pure
together we’ll cross the rubicon

together we’ll cross the rubicon
searching for our truths
together we’ll cross the rubicon
disavow all truths
Track Name: On some faraway beach
in my room alone with my fears taking me
thoughts of losing you wash right over me
smelling your skin i’d smile (losing you, losing you)
touching your hand made it all ok for another day.

i walk into the sparkling water on some faraway beach
i dream of holding your hands again, i rush underwater to be forgotten
and fear brought me closer to you (closer)
and fear brought us closer (closer)

and losing you. and drifting out to sea
and losing you, i’m lost
Track Name: the Apostate
i fear to speak because i’m guilty; and out to save myself
i try to hide, but i hear you stalking outside, peering in on me
through this painful breach, overrun by intimacy and vulnerability
your affection, insinuations, ah-oh-oh-oh-oh....
or am i free? am i free? my truth is much worse than you see 
floating free, i fail to live up to your dream

there was a time when I was a man who held out for purity
with one hand towards faith, and a heart with grace, and a hope for the good in everyone
too often i sinned, too often i failed, too often i frustrated your purpose
overflowed with shame at my flaws untamed -- i saw the best in you, you saw the worst of me
floating free, i fail to live up to your dream

sensuality & brutality
morality & duality

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