The Pleasure in the Pain – a video by Black Tape For A Blue Girl from 2009.
Black Tape For A Blue Girl perform live in Prague 11 June 2011.
The new release, titled Highlights, is available for digital download from Projekt Records on Bandcamp. This is a name-your-price (including free) release. Of course the right thing to do is pay something if you can.
From the album’s description:
Ethereal, evocative, powerful and introspective, Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s recent studio albums expand upon the sweeping darkwave / art rock aesthetic they’ve developed over the past 34 years. Their eclectic, modernist approach refreshes BlackTape’s pioneering musical sentiments while maintaining the unique originality of their sound.
HIGHLIGHTS collects 10-tracks in a 50 minute overview of their last four years, ranging from ethereal dream pop to brooding darkwave, to atmospheric ambient drone. Three non-album cuts include a re-recording of 1989’s “Through sky blue rooms,” while on the 2020 exclusive-to-this-collection version of 1987’s “Scream, my shallow” vocalist Danielle Herrera recreates this harrowing story of obsession and denial.
Sometimes, when you mix two things together, you wind up with something greater than the sum of the parts. Here is a great musical example of this process. Start with a short, sweet song written by Sam Rosenthal of Black Tape For A Blue Girl. Now combine it with Love Spirals Downwards’ Suzanne Perry’s lush vocals and Ryan Lum’s guitar, and you get a version of the song that either gives me chills or brings tears to my eyes – or sometimes both.
Oh, and how about some free music?
As I was preparing this post, completely coincidentally, Projekt Records has released the album this song is taken from as a name-your-price (including free) digital release on Bandcamp. The album, of these reminders, is 2-CD tribute to early Black Tape For A blue Girl music. You should definitely get it, and yes you should definitely pay at least something for it. We need to support the artists. I do.
Projekt Records has released a new, free, music sampler. The Projekt Spring 2019 sampler is almost two hours long and can be downloaded for free through bandcamp.com. Yes, it really is free, but anything you choose to pay is greatly appreciated — 14 tracks (all of which can be previewed), 10 artists — yes, it is definitely worth ponying up a couple bucks at least. I am not affiliated with Projekt, I just love what they do and support them as much as I can.
New music is always good news. Here are a couple new selections available though the fine folks at Bandcamp.
This is a 5-track digital only EP.
This is a 3-track digital only EP, priced as pay-what-you-want (even free). Real supporters of course at least tip the artist, right?
Anyway, head over to Bandcamp.com, give a listen and support these artists – or some other artists. New (to you) music is good for the soul.
It’s Saturday. Why not treat yourself to some free music? Today’s selection: The Collection, by Black Tape for a Blue Girl. This album is a collection of works by Black Tape for a Blue Girl, a Darkwave band out of Portland, Oregon.
The band was formed by Sam Rosenthal, who also founded Projekt Records. Projekt Records is one of many, many labels that can be found on the amazing Bandcamp.com website. So, downloading this album will help introduce you to (possibly) Darkwave music, Projekt Records, and Bandcamp. What a fabulous trifecta! And yes, the album is really free, but you will notice the chance to pay what you want (which includes paying nothing) – may I suggest at least leaving a tip? Totally up to you, no judgement. I use PayPal there all the time, but that isn’t the only payment method available.
Be sure to browse around while you’re visiting Bandcamp. Look around by band, album, or song, or best yet by genre. I have found so much to love there. Want to see the music I have acquired there, or have on my wish list? You can even see the bands and record labels I am following.
Anyway, why not get something fresh and new today? Do your ears a favor.