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Mesmerized by the sirens

by Black Tape For A Blue Girl

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rikm Black Tape For A Blue Girl's second album from 1988 travels along a dreamy ethereal path, an early blueprint for the Darkwave ideal. Even after all these years it remains an excellent album, a cherished favorite in the Black Tape For A Blue Girl collection...
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Scott A very dreamy feeling throughout. Well, "The sawdust scatter" is an exception, that one's more of a nightmare, but no less likable for it. Favorite track: a teardrop left behind.
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ultra // dave Sam, I cannot express in words what Seireeniem Lumoama has helped me through. From the first time I listened to this track back in 1990. It is the backbone of what your music means to me. From heartbreak to contentment it always takes me to the place I want to revisit the most… Sitting in a peaceful state, observing the waves and enjoying the peaceful sounds of the ocean below. Thank you. Favorite track: seireenien lumoama.
jamais pars 02:10
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
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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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



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.



released October 12, 1988

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This original 1987 version of MESMERIZED BY THE SIRENS is here for those who already purchased it to be able to stream. there is now a 2023 mix of the album for you: blacktapeforabluegirl.bandcamp.com/album/mesmerized-by-the-sirens-2023-stereo-mix

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 creates darkwave, ethereal, neoclassical, ambient, goth albums. This page also includes my ambient/electronic music, as well as side-projects. Thanks for listening. Sam

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