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Black Tape For A Blue Girl's Ashes in the brittle air 30th

2CD/LP 30th anniversary expanded edition. 1989 3rd album; ethereal, gothic, ambient with "Across a thousand blades." 21 bonus track CD.

Black Tape For A Blue Girl's Ashes in the brittle air 30th

2CD/LP 30th anniversary expanded edition. 1989 3rd album; ethereal, gothic, ambient with "Across a thousand blades." 21 bonus track CD.

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About

Hi, this is Sam from Black Tape For A Blue Girl; this is the Kickstarter for the remastered expanded edition of 1989's Ashes in the brittle air. This campaign's goal is to raise $9000 which all goes toward manufacturing a signed collectible 2CD and clear 140-gram vinyl LP, the mastering bill, creating the additional premiums, plus the fees for running this campaign.

And what I need you to do is go to the Bandcamp page and download the album because it's free right now. You're going to love it! The remastering sounds amazing! Oscar and Sue’s vocals are much more present, you can hear elements in the music once lost in the reverb — yet it retains that dreamy, romantic quality I remember from the 80’s. In your download, you also get the pristine and powerful 2019 mix of "Across a thousand blades" (using only instruments and vocals from the original '89 recording) plus an 8-song HIGHLIGHT of recent BlackTape albums. 

I'm hoping after you enjoy the release you'll revisit this Kickstarter page and pledge to help make the physical releases a reality. Every pledge gets us closer to creating the expanded edition. Kickstarter is all-or-nothing, your support is very much needed and appreciated.

All backers receive the 21-track bonus download as soon as my mastering guy finishes it (hopefully before the end of this campaign). The bonus disc includes five finally-mixed-to-perfection tracks cut from the 1989 release, as well as demos and early mixes, including the evolution of “Across a thousand blades.”

I’m excited to create this reissue with the help of people who want to see this campaign succeed – people like you!    

May 1988 | Sam in Paula’s living room talking on the phone with Lak.

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A flashback to the 80s

It’s hard for me to fathom it now, but I was just 22 years old in 1987 when I began writing and recording Ashes in the brittle air. Pretty impressive to think back on that, 30 years later. The album sounds like the work of a more mature artist, and at the same time sounds just as idealistic about love as you’d expect from a young guy like that.

The third album from my band contained angst and trepidation in the lyrics yet also beauty and hopeful melancholia in the mood and music. It’s an album of existential, ethereal, and gothic musings. Ashes was the release that brought my music out of the fanzine-based underground to listeners of what in the 80s we called “college radio.” “Across a thousand blades” on CMJ's Certain Damage compilation CD went to stations across the country and garnered regular airplay. In fact, many of you have mentioned that Ashes was your first exposure to Black tape for a blue girl.

Alternative Press: “This is hurting, romantic lament. Herrera’s vocals suddenly ram me with image-brimming, griping vacancy of the precariously desperate soul hanging beneath hope by a frayed thread.”

As I wrote in the original album description: “Bursting forth like a lucid dream, this release unearths powerful connections to deeper truths. Sue-Kenny’s folk approach and Oscar’s intense voice guide the way through Sam’s tales of existential personal introspection.”  

The core of this re-release is the remastered 11-track album, a gem of 4AD-inspired ethereal art rock. This was the late 80s. The Cocteau Twins recently released Blue Bell Knoll, Dead Can Dance released the brilliant The Serpent's Egg, and I created this brooding album with a dark, soulful approach. Some listeners found the album schizophrenic with all the styles and vocalists; the variety made total sense to me — I was a big fan of Ivo Watts-Russell's This Mortal Coil, and Brian Eno’s Another Green World.

Option Magazine: “We’re talking deep European existential despair here, the fevered outpouring of a tortured soul.” 

I've combed my archive for demos and early mixes for the bonus disc/download; 21 tracks in all. There’s an extensive backstory about the first version of Ashes, which includes the tracks I cut after the first mixdown; they've never been released. I am writing that history and will post it as an UPDATE soon. With all the years passed and more skill, I've mixed these five songs the way I always wanted to hear them. They are the Sound of Waves ep which open the bonus disc. It would have been a nice release in ’88 between Mesmerized and Ashes. You'll get to hear it for the first time, by way of this campaign! These songs have only been heard by the musicians & myself in the studio back in the late 80s. What’s so cool about it is these are full realized tracks in the style you love from that era. I don’t have a time machine. I cannot go back to write more tracks like I would have written them then. However I can bring these pieces out of obscurity, pulling them off the 8-track multi-track tape for you!

This is my 12th Kickstarter; it’s the way I fund my releases. Crowdfunding is a wonderful connection I make with people who love the art I create. I meet more and more fans from back-in-the-day this way; I enjoy communicating with you and hearing your experiences with my music. So often, I'm told that my albums were there for you at a tough time in your life. A breakup, a death, a personal crisis; it’s very rewarding to hear that the sounds I created for my own emotional reasons were helpful when you needed it.

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Sam, tell me how I can help.

Backing this campaign is like preordering, and a lot like being a patron of the arts. A download is $5, a clear vinyl LP is $30, a CD is $20. There are cool premiums to pledge if you want to go further into Ashes' 30th anniversary. They're on the right side of your web browser, or the rewards tab on mobile.

Your pledges are the lifeblood that funds physical formats I otherwise would not have the money to create. Every contribution is important — whether you give $3 or $299!

Kickstarter is all or nothing; we need to pass the $9000 goal for the campaign to succeed. By pledging, you become part of the team that brings this edition into existence.

Since 2013, Kickstarter crowdfunding is how I've paid to manufacturing my albums; this is my 12th campaign. It's been a wonderful way to reconnect with people who love my work — your generosity flows to my campaign and that gives me the freedom to be a more active musician and create more frequent releases. I love the way this circle connects and the art grows because of it.     

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Why are you giving away the music and hoping listeners will pay something for it anyway?

Why? Because I've found it works! I’ve tried this strategy of giving away the album I'm funding with 2015's Monolith (from my instrumental side-project As lonely as Dave Bowman) and it succeeded! I’m hoping it works for Ashes. I’m trusting that your generosity will make it happen.

I’m an optimist!

With that in mind, the full remastered album (minus the bonus disc) is streaming and a free download at Bandcamp; that includes the 8-track HIGHLIGHTS 2016-2019, discover what I’ve been creating lately.

After checking out the remastered album, I'm hoping you'll come back here to pledge for a limited edition physical CD or LP. If you're no longer a physical object person, you can contribute to this crowdfunding campaign with a donation of as little as $5; you get the 21-track bonus download of material from 1987-1988. I’ll send that soon.

Whatever you contribute, you're supporting art — and that's super-cool of you! Your pledges allow this independent, fan-funded album to see the light of day.

“One of the most caring musical treasures to come along in quite some time. Don’t pass up the chance to experience it.” – JUST MUSIC.

My 1989 sketch of the booklet design

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A brief history of Black Tape For A Blue Girl

Some reading this page are long-time Black Tape For A Blue Girl / Sam Rosenthal followers. Some are fans from the 80s and 90s, only now discovering that I’m still creating music. Some are new visitors who find this project appealing.

Welcome all!

I formed my American gothic / ethereal / ambient band in 1986. Over the past 33 years, I’ve released 12 studio albums (listen at Bandcamp) and performed 149 shows. I recently crowdfunded and released 2016's CD/2LP These fleeting moments and 2018's CD/LP To touch the milky way.

The albums are released on my Projekt Records label, which I’ve helmed since 1983 releasing nearly 370 albums from acts like Steve Roach, Aurelio Voltaire, Erik Wollo, LYCIA, Love Spirals Downwards and many more. I’ve also recorded 7 electronic / ambient albums including my early-2019 crowdfunded collaboration with Shadow and Steve Roach, The gesture of history

A look at the cassette premiums:      

Non-USA backers: Postage is charged after the campaign is over, rather than part of your pledge. Please read the IMPORTANT NOTE about shipping. European shipping & handling is reasonably priced, as I'm working with a company in Germany on the fulfillment.

Note 1 — FORMAT — Exclusive, collectible limited editions. CD = 500 copies, LP = 300. Yours will be signed on the back by Sam.

Note 2 — PROGRESS — Howard Givens of Spotted Peccary Studios NW has remastered the 11-track album. He's working on the bonus disc soon. I am creating the cover / booklet from the original elements. 

Note 3 — STREAM or DOWNLOAD — You can stream or download disc 1 right now for free on Bandcamp, with an additional 8-song HIGHLIGHT of recent BlackTape tracks. If you can afford it, come back here and pledge your support! You'll receive the download link for disc 2 as soon as I have it.

Note 4 — PLEASE DON'T WAIT! — People message, "I need to wait two weeks 'til I get paid, before I can pledge!" Actually, no, you don’t need to wait. Credit cards are not charged until after the campaign ends! Please donate now, while it’s on your mind.

Note 5 — USA POSTAGE is included in with your pledge.   

Note 6 — INTERNATIONAL POSTAGE will be charged as a separate PayPal payment after the campaign funds. It is NOT part of the pledge you make today. Details in this update. I have a European Fulfillment partner to help reduce your postage costs. 

Note 7 — TIME FRAME — Over my last few campaigns I’ve learned it takes around 4 months for the vinyl pressing plant to deliver LPs, while CDs take about a month from when I turn in finished artwork. For that reason, I'll ship your package as the formats arrive in Oregon. Thus, CDs will ship in advance of LPs. If you are ordering the CD/LP premium, your package will ship when the LP arrives.

I’m regularly amazed by how caring and supportive my fans are. I'm moved by your enthusiasm for the music I've created over the past 36 years. No matter how much you can give, every pledge gets us closer to the deluxe edition of Ashes in the brittle air existing. I thank you for that!

Risks and challenges

I've run 11 Kickstarters; all successfully funded with all premiums fulfilled. I've run the Projekt label and webstore for 36 years; I'm experienced following through on projects, boxing things up and getting them into the mail. I have a long history meeting budgets on over 360 releases including complex limited editions. I foresee no delays in meeting the fulfillment deadline, aside from whatever delays might arise at the vinyl pressing plant.

I value your enthusiasm for the music I've created over the past 36 years. I want to remind you that Kickstarter is all or nothing; this campaign only funds if we reach the $9000 goal; each pledge is very important! No matter what you can give, you help make ASHES IN THE BRITTLE AIR exist. I thank you for that! - Sam

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