These fleeting moments

by Black Tape For A Blue Girl

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Picking up Blacktape’s classic 90s darkwave, ethereal sound; original vocalist Oscar returns on their 30th anniversary.

SHORT TEXT
Given where Black Tape for a Blue Girl began over a quarter of a century ago with founder Sam Rosenthal’s exploration of brooding, extended electronics and strings meshed with deeply revealing lyrics and darkly textured, melodramatic vocal performances, it’s striking to see his muse and inspiration reach a new peak on their 11th album, These Fleeting Moments. The ethereal, gothic and darkAmbient stylings that made them one of the originators of American darkwave are offered on this release which coincides with the band’s 30th anniversary. Rosenthal reinvigorates their classic sound with the return of original vocalist Oscar Herrera, absent from music for 17 years.

The band emerges from the studio with 70 minutes of powerful, gorgeously yearning tracks born from the same place as their 90s classics Remnants of a Deeper Purity and A Chaos of Desire. Sam’s lyrics explore the existential predicaments of time’s passage, choices questioned, and loves lost. Oscar’s darkly dramatic vocals are complemented by Dani Herrera’s emotional and heartfelt voice, Nick Shadow’s visceral viola, Brian Viglione’s (The Dresden Dolls) driving drums, and Rosenthal’s pensive electronics and revelatory songwriting.

Director David Lynch, former pornographic actress Sasha Grey and writer Poppy Z. Brite are some of their more well-known fans.


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On their 30th anniversary, Black Tape For A Blue Girl returns to their evocative ethereal, neoclassical, gothic roots with an album exploring the existential predicaments of time’s passage, choices questioned, and loves lost. Original vocalist Oscar Herrera rejoins the band after a 17-year absence. His darkly dramatic vocals are complemented by Dani Herrera’s emotional and heartfelt voice, Nick Shadow’s visceral viola, Brian Viglione’s driving drums, and band-founder Sam Rosenthal’s pensive electronics and revelatory songwriting.

These Fleeting Moments, their 11th studio release, is 70 minutes of powerful, gorgeously yearning tracks born from the same place as their 90s classics Remnants of a Deeper Purity and A Chaos of Desire.

“For this album,” Sam says, “I picked up threads of our 90s sound. I wrote those intense, passionate songs that Oscar delivers so wonderfully. Adding Nick’s breathtaking strings atop my synth-horn and electronic textures, and writing 25 minutes of instrumentals, really brings this album back to the essential Blacktape sound.”

Oscar’s involvement is more than a nostalgic appearance — he sings seven songs. Accompanying Oscar is his daughter Dani, who was not even a year old when the band recorded their 1986 debut, The Rope. Her lead vocals on four tracks bring an absorbing intermingling of voices to this release. At times Dani’s singing carries a youthful, breathy softness, such as on the brokenheartedness of “She’s gone.” “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.”

The band boldly opens the album with “The vastness of life,” a 17-minute five-part epic reminiscent of Remnants’ “For you will burn your wings upon the sun.” It’s an expressive track — powerfully solemn, stirringly elegant and evocative — drifting between defiant, resigned and striking vocal sections and floating ambient passages. The lyrics explore the album’s theme: questions about life choices, our personal story, and if we have the courage to live in service to our ideals.

The album’s lyrics range from emotionally wrought to delicately sensitive, detailing fears of revealing the true self, betrayal of one’s body in the hands of a lover’s promises, contemplating our interconnectedness to others, or poking fun at mankind’s belief that we are more important than other animals.
Sam continues, “The fleetingness of time has become part of the questions I am asking. We are finite in our being but infinite in our hopes and longings. Life will pass us in an instant, and I ask myself if I am courageously living my true self in the world? Or are we all a bit hunched over, hiding from the possibilities?”

After three decades recording music and running the Projekt record label, Sam drew upon internationally-acclaimed talent to record the album. Guest musicians include The Dresden Dolls’ drummer Brian Viglione, SoulWhirlingSomewhere’s vocalist Michael Plaster, and electronic solo artists Erik Wøllo and Mark Seelig. Newcomer Chase Dobson adds guitars and bass.
In the catchiest track, the luxuriant “Limitless,” Oscar sings, “I shine, I glow, I venture into the darkness in search of the essential.” Sam’s thought-provoking lyrics invite self-examination without becoming too weighty — the earnest themes explored on the album have a palatable sense of optimism in the face of adversity and are buoyed by the ebb and flow of the band’s superb performances. Indeed, These Fleeting Moments finishes on a high note, a song sung from father to son on the elder’s death bed; even in that, there is the suggestion that a way through can be found by remembering that “the most beautiful moments remain so dear to us.”

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The deluxe CD edition and double-lp vinyl edition were funded at Kickstarter. kck.st/1NAqsMO Thanks so much to all my supporters.

I appreciate all your enthusiasm for my music over the past 30 years. Thanks,

Sam

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released August 12, 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: The vastness of life
part 1
should i change who i am, should i tell a different story?
change my name, change my age; will that draw you back to me?
there’s a ghost in my empty house: memories, the memories
a myth of ourselves that we told ourselves: forever
forever, never
i told you the story of myself that i thought you wanted to hear, wanted to hear
that way you never had the chance to reject me for who i really am
reject me as i am
who would i be if you loved me when you really knew me?
after all these years
can i face myself?
don’t reject me for who i am, don’t reject me for who i am

part 3
so tired of knowing every answer
another day just like the one before
nothing left to chance, no circumstance for the unknown, a fear of uncertainty
fists up, frightened, fighting in vain
now that my house has burned to the ground
i can more easily see the moon

the most beautiful moments remain mysterious
spontaneous, dangerous, forever unclear to us
show me your life, show me how you’ve loved
tell me your secrets, tell me how you’ve lived
now that my house has burned to the ground
i can more easily see the moon

part 5
drifting somewhere lost at sea
baking under a radiant sun
what we once argued about seems so trivial
politics, religion, love, our problems all inconsequential

drifting half a billion miles from the sun
it’s cold and empty, everything I should have done
the vastness of life, so little of it touched
time, always time, rushing by

death waits, we’re not immortal
death waits, we’re not immortal
if only
if only i could live a little more
if only you would whisper into my ear:
“life will pass us in an instant.”
and what have i done with mine?
Track Name: Limitless
i shine a light of meaning into the darkness of mere being
it hurts to know how small my life would be, compared to the potential inside of me
am i part of the infinite?
can i be part of the infinite?
infinite
i shine, i glow, i venture into the darkness in search of the essential
it hurts to deny that my soul is crying out to serve that which desires to be expressed
part of the infinite
part of the infinite
i shine, i burn, a star within the darkness; reaching out i’m limitless
am i part of the infinite?
can i be infinite?
Track Name: One promised love
holly said she gave herself away. to feel safe, to trust
it got her nowhere, two steps backwards. smiles and promises that meant nothing
the one who demeaned her body, the one who shamed her fears
“one promised love, one promised respect. words, all just words.”

“one promised love, one promised respect. one promised love, just wanted sex
took what they wanted, i gave myself to them
one promised love, one promised respect. one promised love, just wanted sex
one promised love, will you be just like them?”
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
than 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: Affinity
the past: fading stories
the future: unknown borders
you linger in my thoughts, i gently let you go
your choice out of my control
in moments of intensity i awaken
love and intimacy
affinity and honesty
let me whisper my dream
so tenderly i open to love
love and intimacy
honesty and affinity
Track Name: Meditation on the skeleton
walking through a grove i approached a man sitting in the grass
he smiled at me as he stood to speak
he said, “i’ll use my finger to point at myself.”
and then instead of pointing at his body he pointed at me
and then he pointed at the river and he pointed at the trees
and he said, “the universe is in you. and you’re in the universe.
the universe is in you. and you’re in the universe.”

he said, “imagine all that is left of your body is a white skeleton lying on the face of the earth.
see the bones of your skull, your ribs, your hips, your legs, your arms, your fingers.
retain a half smile, that skeleton is not you.
your body is not you.
the body, the body, the body.”
and he said, “the universe is in you. and you’re in the universe.
you’re present in every moment. and every moment is in you.”

he said, “smile and breathe as you concentrate on the point of your life’s beginning,
know that it is also the point of beginning of your death.
see that both your life and death exist together.
their existence depends on each other.
the two are not enemies, but aspects of the same reality.”
and he said, “the universe is in you. and you’re in the universe.
if you don’t embrace your death, you’ll hardly know how to live.”
Track Name: Desert rat-kangaroo
we think because we’re intelligent, that the universe favors intelligence
we think because we’re alive, that the universe favors life
but what proves to you that you know?
what proves to you that you know?
maybe the universe favored the desert rat-kangaroo
or the passenger pigeon, javan tiger, seems unlikely it would favor me and you
and don’t let it discourage you, don’t let it discourage you
maybe the universe favored the desert rat-kangaroo
or the barbary lion, the golden toad, seems too arbitrary that it would be me and you
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...
Track Name: You're inside me
(for sasha)
we’re ephemeral
intimate, transient, so vulnerable
we look up at the stars they’re inside of us
you’re inside me and i’m inside you
stand by my bed telling me stories of who we once were
things i’ve forgotten that made me laugh
we’re all stars
we shine within each other’s eyes
don’t be sad, don’t say life’s unfair
what an amazing, unforgettable life i’ve lived
you’re inside me and i’m inside of you
you’re inside me and i’m inside you, too
the most beautiful moments remain so dear to us
when you first held my hand or when you saw
both my strengths and flaws
or when you were six jumping to bowie in your
yellow raincoat
let’s hold hands now and together we’ll leap

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