Remnants of a deeper purity (2014 remastered edition)

by Black Tape For A Blue Girl

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    The 2016 edition of Remnants of a Deeper Purity has a 16-page lyric booklet, with an extra 4-pages of candid photos (not in the previous edition). Plus a 4″ square sticker. Disc 1 was remastered in 2014, disc 2 includes an extra track added in 2013

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Disc 1 2014 remaster by Anders Peterson / GS Mastering & Post.


"Like Dead Can Dance, black tape for a blue girl dramatically flirts with symphonic decay." The Philadelphia City Paper

"Black Tape for a Blue Girl is best described as the poets of the broken spirit, musically and lyrically exploring the heart of the human soul in all of its unavoidable sadness. That may sound like depressing stuff but it is far from it. The quest for the elements of love, of faith and faithfulness, and the essence of happiness as if they were concrete rather than the abstract rudiments of humankind, has been the unrequited search of all time. Given the absolute heartbreak of desire and free will, with all of its choices, most of which bode badly, it is little wonder that the great authors, painters, and composers of all time have devoted lives to the sad song of impossibility with the brush of possibility somewhere hidden. Black Tape explores these dark corners of deception, betrayal, love, hope, and rebirth perhaps more adroitly than any other band. The revisitation of Black Tape for a Blue Girl’s greatest achievement is a great cause for celebration. Works such as are found on this 2CD 10th Anniversary reissue of the classic Remnants of a Deeper Purity are priceless." -musictap.net

In 2006, black tape for a blue girl's achingly beautiful neo-classical, ethereal, darkwave classic was given a 10th anniversary re-release with a bonus disc of additional music.

Long droning deep tones overlayed by intense vocals from Oscar and Lucian as well as rich cello and violin arrangements from Vicki and Mera. The results are deeply mesmerizing and melancholy passages. The finished 77-minute album is Black tape's masterpiece: exquisite and stunning. Wrapped up in the emotions of betrayal and salvation, searching for the deeper fragments of a truer reality -- somewhere between sadness and hope -- Sam's words and harmonies weave a soft, opaque veil over a world where feeling is foremost, emotions on the surface, the heart laid bare.

Included are the ultra rare pieces, originally released on the with my sorrow maxi on Italy's Amplexus label; also featuring 3 live songs recorded at the 1996 Projektfest (the first time live tracks have appeared on a black tape for a blue girl release).

“The ethereal, romantic sounds of Remnants is their richest work so far: tapestries of melancholic, often neo-classical music manifest themselves amidst waves of Rosenthal’s lush keyboards, haunting strings and the vocals of Oscar & Lucian.” - huh magazine

“These songs are remnants of universal feelings that accompany the experience of bonding with another human being and its aftermath - perhaps this is why the group has attained a strong cult following.” - Magnet Magazine

“Absolutely beautiful, bleeding emotion wonderfully portrayed.” - ink19

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released June 7, 1996

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Black Tape For A Blue Girl Portland, Oregon

Black Tape for a Blue Girl is an American Darkwave band formed in 1986 by Projekt Records' founder Sam Rosenthal. Their music takes on elements of darkwave, ethereal, ambient, dark cabaret, and neoclassical music. Director David Lynch, alt-Porn actress Sasha Grey and writer Poppy Z. Brite are some of the band's more well-known fans. ... more

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Track Name: with my sorrows
on the tide withdrawn she disappeared, back to the deepest sea
the shells whisper secretly, she’s the one i’ve waited for a thousand years
i feel it in the salted air, in the moon’s moist breath
a need to recreate the worlds we once shared.
medieval mosques had warmed her then, charcoal blackened her eyes
young. intense. untouchable. weaving her spiral of desire
she had dreams beneath a golden sun, festivals passionate.
traded cruelly between hands of men. a possession. masked. bound. and sold.
i listened to dreams of another life, painted in luscious breath

pescaré a mi amor con mis dolores
pescaré a mi amor con mis dolores

beneath the sea is a tower, in the tower there’s a window where she waits
it’s a shame she sleeps alone, reach out to me i will come to you
in that case let me be a fisherman, i’ll fish for my love with my sorrows.
Track Name: remnants of a deeper purity
she was so beautiful to watch, swirling in and out of view
a seemingly spanish dancer, hands and heels -- a moon-faced girl with eyes downturned
subtle flesh stirs beneath blackened threads -- refined and tempting
so shy and enticing, yet i fear she’ll disappear before the night ends.

time seems to bring us together again
a decade later in another face - are you the girl i’ve been dreaming of?
you look like her, you smile like her - that raven-haired beauty of another time
a rush of memories washing over me - i’ve always been waiting for someone to set me free.

those eyes quietly tell me of the passion we could share
your dance reminds me of the life we once knew
snares for my hopes, snares for my thoughts, snares for my dreams -- drifting on to oblivion
can you tell me about the intuition i feel -- can you tell me about everything i long to understand?

remnants of a deeper purity
remnants of a deeper purity

she was so beautiful to watch - drifting out on to oblivion
a moon-faced memory with eyes downturned - are you the one, the one i’ve been dreaming of?
Track Name: with my sorrows - 2013 mix
pescaré a mi amor con mis dolores
pescaré a mi amor con mis dolores

beneath the sea is a tower, in the tower there’s a window where she waits
it’s a shame she sleeps alone, reach out to me i will come to you
in that case let me be a fisherman, i’ll fish for my love with my sorrows.