Mesmerized by the sirens

by Black Tape For A Blue Girl

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MESMERIZED BY THE SIRENS was the 2nd Black Tape For A Blue Girl album. Flowing on its haunting thread . . . ethereal music enveloped in a lush dreamscape atmosphere. In the summer of 1987, Sam and Oscar are joined by Sue-Kenny's lovely British vocals for the most mysterious of their releases.

"Mesmerized by the sirens is elegantly pained music: an assemblage of entrancing, blackly romantic sound paintings." - THE BOB.

"Sadly nostalgic of your loneliest days, gently disturbing music that sends your mind adrift on an ocean of reflection." - BSIDE.

"This is by far the most subtle release on the Projekt label. A mix of vocals, acoustic and electric instruments, and electronic treatments works perfectly, establishing a natural balance. Sue-Kenny Smith's otherworldly voice (reminiscent at times of Virginia Astley) complements the sad, bittersweet tone of the songs. The lyrics are riveting." -OPTION

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BONUS TRACKS:

11) Thanatos' recording of "Jamias Pars" from the 1995 AN EMBASSY TO GAIUS album. Padraic Ogl: vocals & guitar.

12) Bleeding Like Mine/Sam Rosenthal's recording of "Seireenien lumoama" from the 1995 OF THESE REMINDERS tribute album.

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released October 12, 1988

Oscar Herrera : vocals
Sue Kenny-Smith: vocals
Walter Holland: vocals on #4
Sam Rosenthal: electronics

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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 sawdust scatter
Restriction in black pressed against my forehead
a thousand tiny plates drifting out to sea
carry all my thoughts away, empty me
taunt the growing circle, plunge the knife
smile your blackest smile, go and laugh at me

Demons on your shoulders they laugh at me
at the one who falls so quickly, who’s hurt so easily
well you see i never thought this was fun
you bitch yes you hurt me, now you say you’re done
dive for the floor get lost in the shadows
love, hate, vengeance i said it wouldn’t break me
as i felt everything drift away
crash on my chest and watch the sawdust scatter
little broken bag of bones you tossed away

The view from this vantage grew quite dark
as the plastic filled my brain, as my thoughts shut off
draw me out to scatter my pieces
carelessly dropping everything over
the edge of my world where the walls slid in
the light withdrew, i’m left stranded here
you brought me a candle, I held it to your face
trying to burn you, trying to learn
your face ashen black as you stripped your clothes
knowing you owned me, knowing control
Track Name: scream, my shallow
the black-lined scowl of a mask of darkened faces looking down on me
i brought you back into my cold dark room because i wanted you
the only flesh, the pink and tan, the scent of my torment drifting back on me
bloated and ugly the scar that drifts behind, the pain that fills your mind when you think of me.

remember me, when i was the boy with the empty eyes who never never, never lied
who never knew what he felt inside, never found a reason, never found his dream

the faces, the faces of all the ones i wanted slamming back again, slicing through my skin
they gather around as their faces bleed, and all watch me. keep their hearts concealed
object object you use us all as objects, never let me breathe
now i lie, we lie alone, a million nights of happiness i’ve never known
now i lie, we lie alone, a million nights of happiness i’ve never known

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