the "Bike Shop" EP

by Black Tape For A Blue Girl

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Nerve Salad If Michael Plaster or Sam Rosenthal speak, I listen. But here we have something from both at the same time. So yeah, I'm really listening now. Michael's tortured voice, BTFABG's melancholy melodies, SWS's electronic accoutrements... Listen. It's strange to think I might have been waiting just about 25 years for this release. Kind of wish there were a few more songs, but this will do... Thanks, guys!
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Scott Heartfelt and powerful! You can read some of my thoughts about the EP (after I listened to the test pressing) in the description to the left. Favorite track: she's gone.
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Geoff I'm not sure if this EP is supposed to be one story, but it feels like one to me. Very moody, the layers of electronics and acoustics create a melancholy and beautiful atmosphere. Favorite track: bike shop / absolute zero.
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sam rosenthal: guitar & moog
michael plaster: vocals
brian viglione: drums
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Featuring Sam’s delicate acoustic guitar work and a stirring vocal performance from Michael Plaster (of Soul Whirling Somewhere), these four songs are interconnected, intimate stories of a broken heart. Bike Shop, Sam’s fifth consecutively-funded Kickstarter project, displays the tenderest side of Blacktape.

Only one of the four songs will be included on Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s August 12th CD. These fleeting moments, their 11th studio album, is 70 minutes of powerful, gorgeously yearning tracks, born from the same place as their classic 90s releases Remnants of a deeper purity and A chaos of desire.

Sam says, “The tracks on the EP are quite different from the ones on the album; they are sparse and sensitive pieces written for Michael’s vocals. They’re up close and personal reflections on places and moments, asking how things fell apart. I wrote ‘Bike shop’ and when Michael got involved I quickly wrote three additional songs to tell more of the story of the character. But these weren’t the direction I was taking the album. I decided to put them together on this EP as a stand-alone piece outside the context of These fleeting moments.”

ScottM, one of Blacktape’s backers at Patreon, wrote: “Michael’s singing is perfect on each track. He achieves just the right combination of sadness, joy, frustration, weariness, and acceptance. Michael’s voice and Sam’s guitar appear to be right there in the room with me in all songs. The dynamic range is just right throughout… it sounds terrific!”

Sam & Michael interview each other about BIKE SHOP:

This release was funded by supporters at Kickstarter and my patrons.

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©2015 seireenien music, bmi. written by sam
inspired by tori, bobby, case & an overactive imagination
recorded in the lush garden, except vocals at yttrium audio, drums at seaside lounge

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released April 26, 2016


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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: bike shop / absolute zero
maybe i could stop by, you’ll look at my bike, you know that chain won’t stay on
“unchain my heart,” i’d say in an unironic way, but you’ve heard that a hundred times before
i see you through the shop side door like when we met last summer
i remember you adjusting my seat, and your hands touching me
i never asked anything of you, i never asked anything, never
only if you loved me, better
only if you loved me,
only if you loved me, better
then her

the temperature dropped another degree, it will slowly fall, to absolute zero
and you’d think by now, i’d know for sure, but i’ve grown pretty numb so i’ll wait, i’ll wait. when i dream you still love me
until all motion stops at absolute zero, i’d say there’s still a chance.
Track Name: the cabin
i don’t know if i want to go stay at the cabin anymore
too many memories, too many memories of you
there is the bed where you last held me
there is the bench where you last smiled at me
and there is the canoe where we last tried to conceive
maybe it’d be better to not be reminded
maybe it’d be better to forget
but how do i forget, a love like yours?
and maybe a young dennis hopper, would be there by the fire, sayin’, “man you can’t deny her, you’re still caught up in desire, get her on that ole’ telephone wire, and do what it takes. don’t let your love expire, you’ve gotta go out on the high wire, let your passion burn like fire.”
dennis loved to speak in words that rhymed, but i can’t see that they apply to me
so i don’t think i’ll go back to that cabin anymore.
Track Name: vega
oh vega
i remember when we rode our bikes five miles out of town to the field where we watched the clouds
your fingers smelled of grease, you smelled a little bit of sweat. oh vega, vega
oh my god, oh my god! the birds started spelling out your name
you said, “don’t be a dope, mike, birds always fly in a ‘v.’ ” oh vega, vega
‘cause what do i know? i just moved here from new york city, where the birds are all on the ground,
and you were all i had. oh vega, vega.
Track Name: she's gone
she was so incomprehensible, so incomprehensible
she didn’t dance, she seldom laughed, she never cried
she wasn’t the first girl to dump me, but she dumped me on the phone and it brought out all these old feelings
who would love me and just drop me unless i didn’t deserve love. unless i didn’t deserve love
i guess it shows i was unloveable, you left because i was unloveable
you’re gone, you’re gone, you’re gone; you’re gone away. i just don’t understand
it’s gone, it’s gone, it’s gone; love’s gone away. love’s a lot like insanity, anyway
a couple of photos, a broken boxspring, that’s all that’s left of us
it’s fine, i’m fine, it’s time to move on...

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