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the "Bike Shop" EP

by Black Tape For A Blue Girl

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writerrb Break up songs for the thoughtful. Both intimate and introspective. Beautiful. Favorite track: the cabin.
David Wilkinson
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David Wilkinson An unusual concept but I like unusual! The annoyance of being dumped by phone is something I can relate to in a world of bad news delivered by text because real people just can’t be bothered any more :-( Favorite track: vega.
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rikm Featuring vocals by Michael Plaster of Soul Whirling
Somewhere, Black Tape For A Blue Girl's "Bike Shop" EP tells a story from beginning to end, vividly capturing feelings and scenes in a style that I've come to associate very closely with Plaster.

As a fan of both projects, it's really kind of a perfect match to my thinking, an inspired meeting of minds that brings together the best elements of each artist.

Highly recommended...
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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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  • 4-panel ecoWallet. Printed in 2016 in an edition of 300 for THESE FLEETING MOMENTS Kickstarter backers. This is the only CD to include the non-album tracks from the digital-only LIMITLESS ep and the digital/vinyl-only "Bike Shop" EP. Track 5 + 6 are exclusive to this CD.

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    LIMITLESS (ep)
    1 quien yo soy
    2 limitless *
    3 alaska
    4 through sky blue rooms (2016)

    5 fleeting
    6 icy drone (as lonely as dave bowman)

    BIKE SHOP (ep)
    7 bike shop / absolute zero *
    8 the cabin
    9 vega
    10 she’s gone

    * these two tracks are on THESE FLEETING MOMENTS

    oscar herrera • vocals, 1 - 4 & acoustic guitar, 4
    danielle herrera • vocals, 1, 4, 5
    michael plaster • vocals, 7 - 10
    brian viglione • drums, 2, 3, 7, 10
    chase dobson • electric guitar & bass, 2, 3
    sam rosenthal • electronics & acoustic guitar

    written by sam, 1 - 4 vocals arranged & 1 translated by oscar

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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.
the cabin 03:34
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.
vega 02:20
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.
she's gone 04:04
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...


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 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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