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The Chaos Serpent Single

by Black Tape For A Blue Girl

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Complementing the remaster of Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s fourth album A CHAOS OF DESIRE, the current 3-piece “Serpent” line-up releases this 2-song single with neoclassical reinterpretations of two songs from the 1991 album.

The focus on strings and vocals reveals a new shine upon the dark existential beauty. These passionate tales inhabit a chaotic realm of memory, fear and desire confronting pained emotions.

Bandleader and synthesist Sam Rosenthal is joined by Swedish cellist and experimental musician Henrik Meierkord and vocalist Jon DeRosa, the latter known for his projects Aarktica, Dead Leaves Rising & Pale Horse and Rider. With this line-up, their poetic and profound pathos has gracefully evolved to a minimalist trio — the subtle, dramatic interweaving of synth and strings is the ideal basis for Jon’s expressive, sorrowful voice.

Blending darkwave, ambient and neoclassical, the unique character of this introspective and starkly compelling music seamlessly befits the lyrical despair. These two tracks are a captivatingly elegant addition to Black Tape For A Blue Girl's 36+ year discography.

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Sam writes:

While planning the Kickstarter for A CHAOS OF DESIRE I wondered how to bring the 2022-era band into the past and involve us in the campaign. Inspiration strikes!!! We could record new neo-classical versions of tracks from CHAOS. I formed these recordings by reusing my synth parts from the digitized 1990 8-track master tape; Jon and Henrik added vocals and strings in their respective hometowns (Los Angeles & Stockholm, Sweden). Then — like when I mixed THE CLEFT SERPENT — I pulled as much of myself out of the mix as I could to end up with lush, beautiful, mournful versions of "A chaos of desire" & "Could i stay the honest one."

Jon and I tossed around ideas and thought it would be a wonderful surprise at the end of the campaign to give the band's fans something entirely fresh: our reinterpretations of the past. We're thanking everyone for their pledges which brought us to the funding goal; and thanking everyone who has enjoyed the band in the 31 years since we released A CHAOS OF DESIRE.
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released April 15, 2022

Cover art by Shaheen www.instagram.com/p/Bgd2mLyHPm9/

Jon DeRosa • vocals
Henrik Meierkord • strings
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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