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2CD/LP 30th anniversary expanded edition. 1989 3rd album; ethereal, gothic, ambient with "Across a thousand blades." 21 bonus track CD.
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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Hi, this is Sam from Black Tape For A Blue Girl; You did it! Your support made the Ashes in the brittle air crowdfunding campaign a triumph! This is my 12th successful Kickstarter — I truly value your enthusiasm for the music I've created over the past 36 years. This campaign was all or nothing, and once again your pledges made the difference. No matter how much you gave, you pushed us over that $9000 goal. I thank you for that! 

This campaign funds the creation of the expanded 2CD & clear vinyl LP edition of BlackTape's 1989 third release. During the campaign we gave away the download of the 11-track album for free on Black Tape For A Blue Girl's bandcamp page. 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. 

Backers also received the 21-track bonus disc with five never-before-heard tracks — the Sound of waves ep — excised from the original release, plus demos and early mixes, including the evolution of “Across a thousand blades.”

I’m excited about the 30th anniversary edition of Ashes in the brittle air created with the help of all the people who pledged 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 the CMJ Presents Certain Damage! Volume 16 compilation CD went to stations across the country and garnered regular airplay. In fact, many of you mention that Ashes was your first exposure to the music of 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 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, emotional approach. Some listeners found Ashes in the brittle air 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. Like these other non-musicians, I gathered talented artists around me to create the sounds I wanted to hear.

This is my 12th Kickstarter; it’s the way I fund my albums in the modern version of the music industry. 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 chatting 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 life. A breakup, a death, a personal crisis; it’s very rewarding to know that the sounds I created for my own emotional reasons were helpful when you needed them. 

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Sam, tell me how I can help.

Backing this campaign is both preordering and becoming a patron of the arts. 

By pledging, you become part of the team. 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!

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.

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

My 1989 sketch of the cover 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 370 albums (plus another 185 on the Archive side-label) 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.  

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, and the 21-track bonus disc. After the campaign ends, I will create the cover & booklet from the original elements, with additional unseen photos. 

Note 3 — DIGITAL — Stream or download on Bandcamp. Eventually, this edition will be available on Spotify, iTunes, and all the other digital vendors.

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.

Post-Punk wrote in 2019: "Ashes in the Brittle Air is Black Tape for a Blue Girl’s third full-length record, and finds the band expanding on their ambient and neoclassical influences to incorporate more dark swagger, most noticeable on key track 'Across a Thousand Blades,' which kicks the band’s deliciously glacial tempo into overdrive and remains both a fan favorite and club staple across the globe. The album also occasionally flirts with British folk passages, yet is still unmistakably their own fusion of sound, with intensely soulful synth swirls, a blend of existential and deeply romantic lyrics, and a series of vocalists, including frequent collaborators Sue-Kenny Smith, ex-Sleep of Reason vocalist Oscar Herrera, Walter Holland, and Rosenthal himself."

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. Kickstarter is all or nothing, and once again your pledges made the difference. No matter how much you gave, your pledge pushed us over the $9000 goal for creating the expanded edition of ASHES IN THE BRITTLE AIR. I thank you for that!

If you missed pledging the campaign and would like a copy, visit: https://blacktapeforabluegirl.bandcamp.com/album/ashes.
For updates on albums I’m working on and special sales, join the email list:
http://www.blacktapeforabluegirl.com/join-the-email-list/
For ongoing patronage, join my Bandcamp patron area: https://blacktapeforabluegirl.bandcamp.com/patron
Thanks so much for supporting my art.

- Sam

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    8" x 5-1/2" journal. 160 lined pages, with colored ribbon bookmark & document pocket on interior back cover.

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    • Journal, debossed cover. Sam writes 4 lyric lines on random pages
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    • CD - Sam Rosenthal: The Passage
    • CD - To touch the milky way (2016)
    • 2CD - The Rope 25 (1986/2011)
    • CD - 10 Neurotics (2009)
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    Vinyl fanatic!

    Three LPs for you, because you are a fan of vinyl!

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    • LP - To touch the milky way deluxe w/art cards (2016)
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    Associate Producer

    Your name in the booklet as associate producer; plus extras:

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    • Your name in the 16-page CD booklet
    • Ashes 2CD, signed by Sam
    • Ashes LP on 140 gram clear vinyl, w/16-pg CD-sized lyric book
    • Poster, 11x17 full color, signed by Sam
    • Ashes CD - 2000s jewel box edition
    • Journal, debossed cover. Sam writes 4 lyric lines on random pages
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    Memorabilia 1 — Cassette Tape +

    A 90s-era cassette (still in shrinkwrap) with an uncut 2-sided press sheet of the cassette cover, signed by Sam.

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    CD & retro CD

    2CD remastered compact disc in 6-panel digipak. Plus an original mastering '00s CD in jewel box, still in shrinkwrap.

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    Memorabilia 2 — Cassette +

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    Memorabilia 3 — Postcard proof +

    A color separations proof from a 90s-era Ashes postcard, signed by Sam.

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    Mastering Sponsors

    Your name listed in the credits as one of 3 Mastering Sponsors. Plus extras:

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    • Metal 1/2-inch tape-slicing-block (not my original) signed by sam
    • PDF of 50+ pages of original lyrics, drafts, xeroxes (1989)
    • Your name in the 16-page CD booklet
    • Ashes 2CD, signed by Sam
    • Ashes LP on 140 gram clear vinyl, w/16-pg CD-sized lyric book
    • Poster, 11x17 full color, signed by Sam
    • Ashes CD - 2000s jewel box edition
    • Journal, debossed cover. Sam writes 4 lyric lines on random pages
    • Downloads (album+bonus) & memorabilia zine
    • Unseen 4x6 photograph from 1988 cover shoot
    • Download album #3 -- even more demos/mixes from 1988
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