Halo Star (deluxe)

by Black Tape For A Blue Girl

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2014 is the 10th anniversary of our 9th album. Here is a 30-track version with a bunch of bonus material for you!

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Released in 2004, HALO STAR is a mix of ethereal tracks sung by Elysabeth Grant, and somewhat more accessible tracks featuring vocalist Bret Helm. Included are the fan-pleasers "Knock Three Times," the Pink Floydy "The Gravediggers" and the folk-rock "Your love is sweeter than wine."

GOTHIC PARADISE WROTE: Combinations of creativity and a bit of fun is a great addition to this album. Fans of the great ethereal gothic music are going to love this album’s somber moods and spellbinding music. Sam and his accomplices have managed to pull it off again with great style.

BONUS TRACKS are five additional versions of the title cut, "Halo Star."


FAC193 WROTE: The ever-prolific project of Projekt head Sam Rosenthal and a cast of thousands, Black Tape For A Blue Girl have long earned their place in the pantheon of American Gothic music. Black Tape has earned it on its own terms, mixing ancient and ethnic musics with contemporary ennui — singlehandedly offering a new definition of what one might consider to be “Gothic.” Halo Star is Black Tape mk 2004, offering familiar faces (Bret Helm and Elysabeth Grant’s stirring vocals, Lisa Feuer’s flute and Sam’s potent electronics) but further exploring and plumbing the depths of their own sound. “Your love is sweeter than wine” is filled with droning, lush folk overtones, while “Tarnished” is deep, tantric psychedelia. Bret Helm could well be mistaken for the son of Peter Murphy on voice alone, and in “Knock three times” the similarities are delightfully uncanny and incite shameless envy from this reviewer. The beautiful spaciousness of Halo Star’s music is almost narcotic and deeply addictive — you’ll be hanging onto every word of Elysabeth Grant’s performance on “Already forgotten” and entranced by Vicki Richards’s violin drone on “Dagger” as it slow dances with the heady sea of ambience that is Sam’s electronic work. As much as I loved The Scavenger Bride, Halo Star is now my favorite of Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s recent work. It is, without a doubt, an instant classic. -Jack Alberson

GRAVE CONCERNS WROTE: While it’s often a departure from the fairly consistent introspective, intimate side Rosenthal and company have explored throughout the last 15 or 20 years, Halo Star showcases an interesting and ultimately successful sonic evolution. It’s an album that’s both more stylistically diverse and more accessible than much of their recent catalog but still retains enough “classic Black Tape” material to please fans of their more ethereal side. Whether you’re a long-time fan or a curious newcomer, you’ll find a solid album that is arguably one of the most interesting offerings the band has released to date.


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blacktapeforabluegirl.bandcamp.com/album/halo-star-deluxe-disc-2 This is the 2nd disc of the digital-only Deluxe Edition. The tracks from the SCARECROW ep, plus nine live recordings from the 2004 tour.

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released August 14, 2004

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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: Your love is sweeter than wine
Your love is sweeter than wine - oh I taste it
Your smile is sweeter than wine - don’t I know

You should trust in the beat of your heart
You should believe in the words that are on your lips
Don’t fear to speak them
My love, my love, life can be so hard - if you force it
Believe in me 'cause i believe in you

I believe in the beauty in your eyes, in the power of your words, I believe, I believe in your purity
You'll set me free, you'll set the whole world free

I believe in the beat of your heart
I trust the words I kiss from your lips
Track Name: Indefinable, yet
i watch him in the moonlight, snow dances across his body
i’m not the person you think i am

i want him immediately, to experience that passion
it all, it all, it all hurts me

we’re slumped over, spent, panting ~ on broken dishes my disheveled world
to prove my love for you to prove my love for you to prove my love for you to prove my love

i see him smile unknowingly, i feel the urge to strike
this waiting tears the flesh from my bones

we’re slumped over, spent, panting ~ on overturned carts life beyond my grasp
to prove my love for you to prove my love for you to prove my love for you to prove my love
Track Name: Knock three times
Autumn leaves blowing across my floor
Windows broken out by the mean kids who live next door
And there she is, well not her exactly but the box she likes to sleep in
She was so cute in a skinny kinda way; and they say:

Knock three times on your coffin if you want my love
Twice on the pipe if the answer, answer is no

She put with all the taunts all the nasty things they'd say
She'd smile and pretend to ignore them but she stored it all away
Don't blame me, don't blame me, they drove her 'round the bend
She was so cute in a 'why-don't-you-get-out-and-see-the-sun' kinda way; and they say:

Knock three times on your coffin if you want my love
Twice on the pipe if the answer, answer is no, no, no

The world grew dark, insane men ruled, our stomachs kept on grumbling
But we had fun, we danced a lot, if you don't count all that stumbling
She was so cute in a 'why-don't-you-put-some-meat-on-those-bones' kinda way, kinda way
Kinda weighs not much than the mice and skeletons that run across my floor
Mice and skeletons that dance across my floor

Knock three times on your coffin lid if you want my love
Twice on the pipe if the answer, answer is no, no, no
Knock three times on your coffin if you want my love
Twice on the pipe if the answer, answer is no
Knock three times
Knock three times
Track Name: Damn swan!
damn, damn swan
thinking of me
half submerged in the warm water
thinking of you

take my innocence away

that long neck wrapped around me
those soft wings beating against me
thrashing me

damn majestic bird

i want to feel his feathers and beak and clawing webby feet tearing at me
i want to know the love of a god. empower me! transform me!
a shudder in my loins, the deception’s complete; gaining nothing i lie in the water,
his indifferent beak lets me drop...

damn majestic bird
Track Name: Dagger
if i could look down from the vantage of an enraged god
i’d pass judgement on your betrayal, proceed with your punishment
scratch that apologetic smile from your beautiful face
convert my falling tears to daggers that impale you
pierce the flesh i love and drive the life from your body
the lovely body i’ve held to mine
our last moments filled with pain and unspeakable pleasure
our last moments filled with pain and unspeakable pleasure

i would lick your wounds and kiss the blood from your eyes
our bodies entangled, like lovers, locked!
as existence fades from your silver eyes, intimately you hold me
in an instant of enlightenment, i’d like to think you see what’s lost
the two of us will end, the beauty sentenced to death
the two of us will end
if i had the will of a god, i’d leave you impaled to die
but i don’t have the will of a god, i kneel in the street with my anger spent

i betray myself for years on end,
breathing so difficult when you’ve chosen to suffocate
Track Name: Halo star
halo star ~ there you are ~ dreaming of the pendulum blade
don’t rush away. don’t say ‘it’s all ok...’
halo star ~ could have gone far ~ shocked by the pain of your assassination
so tell me you’re happy. you’re not. you’re not
halo star ~ your wishes i oblige. what can i do but oblige?
halo star ~ halo star
halo star ~ there you are ~ don’t rush away. it’s not ok...

Bret Helm vocals
Sam Rosenthal faux piano ­

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