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  • Version: (beer & black galaxy swirl vinyl)
  • SKU: PRO388-1
  • Format: LP
  • UPC: 617026038810
  • Street Date: 06/03/22
  • PreBook Date: 04/29/22
  • Label: Projekt »
  • Genre: Gothic
  • Run Time: 40:23 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 2021
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot: 20
  • Territory: US
  • Language: English


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Black Tape For A Blue Girl - The Cleft Serpent

NeoClassical darkwave with seductive mournful string, electronics & voice. Their 13th album, limited edition of 500.

Black Tape For A Blue Girl - The Cleft Serpent
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LP on 140-gram Galaxy-swirl vinyl, includes full-color 4-page lyric book. Limited edition of 500.

The Cleft Serpent is an elegant, heartfelt, and tragic torch song to humanity. The album is a mature and fascinating musing on love, death and desire. The eight gothic neoclassical tracks evoke a sense of earthly entanglement, taking the listener through interconnected pieces charged with emotional honesty. A dark and beautiful work, it's the 13th from Black Tape For A Blue Girl, and the first for vocalist Jon DeRosa and cellist Henrik Meierkord, joining the electronics of songwriter Sam Rosenthal.

A review from Germany's Orkus Magazine
Profound lyrics with graceful strings and expressive vocals are deeply moving and captivatingly elegant. The Cleft Serpent is simultaneously universal and personal. Powerful ("Ares & Hermes") or seized by inevitable exhaustion ("So Tired of Our History"), the coherent sound always narrates with enthralling intensity. Fascinating from the first to the last note, a rich album that allows for more and more to be revealed and discovered on repeated listening!

A review from Dusted Magazine
Sam Rosenthal has been making music as Black Tape for a Blue Girl for 35 years now, but beyond that constant he's always been unafraid to completely reconfigure what kind of music that name applies to. Here he's got a brand-new trio, a dark and starkly compelling neoclassical bent to the music, and a narrative voiced by De Rosa that follows an immortal protagonist through beautiful and wearying centuries of existence. War, love, enmity, revenge, apathy, pathos; there's an attempt to convey the weight of what all that time would do to a mind and heart, and the graceful sweep of the music at least makes it feel accurate. On the one hand we could never really know, but on the other this kind of story always tells us more about our non-immortal selves, as this one does.


Track Listing

  • The Cleft Serpent
  • The Trickster
  • Hidden Villa, Florence 1453
  • Ares & Hermes
  • To Touch The Milky Way (2021 Version)
  • So Tired Of Our History
  • The Matchmaker
  • I'm The One Who Lose

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