This album contains an entire world to become immersed in. Elysabeth's singing in Bastille Day is phenomenal--it's one of the most affecting songs I have ever heard.
Favorite track: bastille day, 1961.
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“Like Dead Can Dance, black tape for a blue girl dramatically flirts with symphonic decay.” The Philadelphia City Paper
2022 album description
With a career spanning nearly four decades, Black Tape For A Blue Girl follows songwriter Sam Rosenthal's exploration of brooding, organic electronics and heartfelt strings that mesh with deeply revealing lyrics and darkly textured, dramatic vocal performances. It's striking to see his muse and inspiration flower on their eighth release, 2002’s classic THE SCAVENGER BRIDE.. The metaphoric tale of a bride and her suitors inform the ethereal gothic stylings that make the band one of the originators of the American darkwave scene.
Live performance of the album’s lead track, “All My Lovers,” at 2003’s Wave Gotik Treffen: https://youtu.be/JsHlz9-FC5s
Alternative Press #168 (July 2002), Mark Burbey: This Kafkaesque disc avoids concept-album pitfalls to emerge as a true work of art. | 9 out of 10 | Listening to THE SCAVENGER BRIDE is like sitting in a cathedral of mindful gloom, feeling at once melancholy and reassured. Rosenthal continues to be inspired by the art of Marcel Duchamp, while author Franz Kafka serves as muse for this concept album set in 1913 Prague. The title track is a cinematic overture, a portent of the artful blending of goth, ambient and chamber music to follow. Rich, timeless vocals by Elysabeth Grant, Bret Helm (Audra), and Athan Maroulis (Spahn Ranch, NOIR) breathe dark life into the passionate lyrics, but it’s the instrumental passages that burrow deep with the greatest poignancy. Comparisons with Dead Can Dance have become tiresome and inaccurate, for what Rosenthal is doing here is more original and singular in its ability to touch the listener both emotionally and intellectually.
Indie For Bunnies Italy (April 2022). Rosenthal's humble Black Tape For A Blue Girl is one of the cult groups of the American darkwave scene, born from the intersection of early gothic, the ethereal dream-pop of the Cocteau Twins and the classical aesthetics of chamber music. Active since the mid-1980s and authors of over 14 albums, they can boast of being, together with Dead Can Dance, the pioneers of an ancestral and ritualistic undercurrent that still counts legions of fans and followers. Rosenthal's gothic romanticism, full of symphonic accents and neoclassical, reaches a formal peak, an epitaph full of awareness and fragility, love and disintegration.
Rosenthal's pensive electronics and revelatory songwriting has made fans of director David Lynch, former adult actress Sasha Grey, writers Poppy Z. Brite and Caitlín Rebekah Kiernan. Supporters regularly tell Rosenthal it was the emotional and personal connection to the music they felt during times of stress and personal crisis that knit them to the band's moving sound.
"Twenty years since I released THE SCAVENGER BRIDE,” Sam reflects. “So much time has passed, so many things have changed. And yet the music exists just as strong and relevant today as those many years ago. This album contains one of our most popular tracks, ‘All my lovers’ as well as a range of lovely ethereal and neoclassical music. I can’t wait to hear Elysabeth, Bret, and Athan’s vocals on the vinyl format. That will be beautiful. The bride remains timeless and eternal, as she always was.”
2002 album description
Sixteen years after its debut, black tape for a blue girl is one of the most successful and beloved bands within the ethereal gothic genre, while also engaging fans of elegant, artistic music. Their eighth release is a lovingly crafted concept album set in 1913 Prague; guest appearances from members of Unto Ashes, Audra, Judith, Spahn Ranch and a former member of Rasputina enliven the thirteen bewitching tracks. This album is like nothing you’ve heard before, yet these emotionally intense songs are classic black tape for a blue girl.
All Music Guide, Ned Raggett:
In part an extension of Black Tape’s previous album As One Aflame, Laid Bare by Desire, thanks to the continued inspiration of Marcel Duchamp, the excellent and captivating The Scavenger Bride is the first record by Sam Rosenthal and company explicitly conceived and performed as a uniform piece. It’s a concept album, though without the baggage that such a term normally brings, thanks to the varied performances throughout the record tied into the overall Black Tape aesthetic. Noted Czech author Franz Kafka is perhaps the key source for The Scavenger Bride‘s tale of a woman and her past lovers, while everyone from actor Klaus Kinski to Sonic Youth also provides some of the artistic focus for Rosenthal. Indeed, one of the highlights is “Shadow of a Doubt,” one of Sonic Youth ‘s finest early numbers, its breathless, nerve-tingling energy beautifully translated into a combination of piano, drums, viola and vocals, the last two delivered with dramatic panache by new member Elysabeth Grant. The core band of five this time features Rosenthal and returning members Feuer and Richards on flute and violin respectively, rounded out by cellist Julia Kent and Grant – interestingly, long time vocalist Oscar Herrera doesn’t feature once on the record. With the drowned, cascading wash of sound familiar from Black Tape in general achieving a new strength on songs like “The Scavenger’s Daughter” and “Das Liselottenbett,” the band is further assisted by a slew of fellow Projekt artists and similarly minded souls. Michael Laird from Unto Ashes adds dashes of medieval dance turns via percussion and mandolin throughout – check out the entrancing “All My Lovers,” also featuring Audra’s Bret Helm backing Grant on vocals – while Steve Roach, Athan Maroulis from Spahn Ranch, Martin Bowes from Attrition and Christopher David from Judith further add to the album’s serenely mysterious flow. Keep an ear out for Helm’s lead turn on “The Lie Which Refuses to Die,” which uses seemingly mundane imagery in quite a striking fashion.
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There is magic and wonder in these songs, alchemical delights to be discovered and savored over repeated listens... rikm