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The Instrumental Serpent

by Black Tape For A Blue Girl

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“With these hands, I reach for the stars, the stars above you” another lifetime, another battlefield, “I reach to touch the milky way above you” If only I hadn’t been too late, if only, if only, if only I’d arrived “I lost my friends there, I hope we go somewhere when we die, what are we if not eternal?” “Why do we fight, and love and die? on my back in the dust with my eyes on the wheel of the milky way” So the infinite can know itself, we are awake for the infinite to know itself
Frozen in anticipation stagnation annihilation I shake him he doesn’t awaken this doesn’t feel like me it doesn’t seem to be not the choices I would have made Times Square, March two-thousand and eight a swirl of formless faces smiling, laughing, screaming before you know it, you’ve lit the match burned it all down or murdered a million others we could justify anything Humans find it hard to sit idly by always have to do things atrocities to pass the time so as not to confront the anxiety of our ambivalence so as not to confront the anxiety of uncertainty
I’ve lived this life many times before with you the pain I’ll inescapably summon waiting in the void, I dream of you I’m dust, I’m debris, I’m destruction dust, decay, I’m destruction don’t let me hold you, don’t you see that I always drop you, my love you thought I was docile, that’s just the millennia of fatigue The Cleft Serpent, at your service Surveying the battlefield, I just walk away you’re dying in the dust, eyes on the wheel of the milky way I break him, I break him, you humans are too fragile you thought you could trust me, you really shouldn’t trust me you thought you could trust me, you really shouldn’t trust me I know the pain I’m fated to inflict I know the pain I’m fated to inflict


A 16-track, 72-minute companion to THE CLEFT SERPENT. Features instrumental versions of the 8-track album remixed & reworked to highlight Henrik Meierkord's cello and viola, exclusive instrumentals, three demos, and three alternate mixes with vocalist Jon DeRosa.

On this bonus collection of rich and complex chamber-music neo-classical compositions, listeners could be forgiven for thinking this is the work unto itself. Here we have an artist and a band at the peak of their powers reaching ambitiously into the starry night, seeking out the beauty and mystery of life, and arriving at the very heart of the human experience itself.

Freed of the narrative structure provided by THE CLEFT SERPENT's lyrics and vocal performances, this (mostly) Instrumental Serpent allows the audience to better explore the rich, layered, and heartfelt compositions of the original work. The philosophical, metaphysical and psychological discourses of the album remain as echoes — shadow-like, forming a spectral force of soul-searching emotion and wonderment, held aloft by Meierkord's achingly beautiful string performances forming a complex and layered narrative of their own.

There is a generous amount of material presented here, reflecting the scale and ambition of THE CLEFT SERPENT, drawing listeners deeper into the gothic, ambient and classical music inspirations across the decades-spanning legacy of Black Tape for a Blue Girl.


released October 1, 2021

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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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