Archive for July 2023 | Monthly archive page
Nova Kitty is sitting between my arms as I compile today’s eList. It’s the morning of the eve of my much-needed 4-week vacation. 4 weeks in which I stop working at Projekt so I can begin working on the Kickstarter for my Terrace of Memories collaboration with vidnaObmana, and I’ll get around to other oft-neglected Black Tape For A Blue Girl tasks. Before I go, I wanted to catch you up on Projekt activity. Shea and I have been quite busy (me in Portland / Shea in Los Angeles); there’s been a bunch of interest in our recent releases, and we’ve been setting up new releases out into the fall. In case you missed the announcement earlier this week, Projekt will launch all of our 2023 releases at Bandcamp as Name-Your-Price. It’s going to be a lot of amazing music! I can’t wait to tell you about it when I get back in August. For today…. here’s some cool press on our cool recent releases… Stay Cool, Sam (and Nova)
🐚 Attrition have UK, Belgium, Germany & Italy shows soon, Details. 🐚 Forrest Fang’s unreleased track, “Busywork,” appeared this month on a 4-CD international compilation of electronic music, Touched By Music 2, supporting the UK charity, Macmillan Cancer Support. The box set, also available in digital form, is available through Touched Music’s Bandcamp 🐚 The world premiere of multidisciplinary work BÁRBAROS at the Adelaide Festival Centre, of which Sean Williams (theadelaidean) was co-creator and lead composer, was both well-attended and -reviewed. Critics praised the music as “absorbing” (Adelaide Advertiser), “relentless” (Stage Whispers), “ominous” (InReview), and a “psychological king hit” (Barefoot Review). Stream an excerpt from theadelaidean’s score here. 🐚 Steve Roach’s “Structures from Silence” was added to Spotify’s Ambient X Takeover playlist which is taken over by Italian electronic artist Caterina Barbieri. 🐚 “Honoring Projekt Records’ Darkwave Dynasty with Goldmine.” Alternative Press wrote an article about Goldmine writing about Projekt.
A bunch of Press about DELREI’s Desolation and Radiation It’s name-Your Price at Bandcamp. 🎸 Italy’s Radiocoop writes: Instrumental album, with enveloping and evocative melodies that draw from the Italian Spaghetti Western cinematography of the Sixties, with Morricone in the lead as an inspiring beacon. Alongside, the languid tex mex atmospheres of Chris Isaak but also Calexico or the “Paris, Texas” model Ry Cooder. The sounds are refined and researched and always strictly pertinent to the artistic world of reference. Optimal. 🎸 Journey Into The Melancholic Abyss: Discover Delrei’s Haunting Post-Nuclear Soundscapes at Evol Radio. 🎸 A review from Belgium’s Luminous Dash, excerpt: In short, Desolation and Radiation is an absolute winner and a must for anyone who likes it a bit darker. DELREI may have written and played the surprise of the year. 🎸 Album release announcement by Marc Urselli at Chain DLK. 🎸 Album release announcement at MK Ultra Magazine 🎸 The song “Get Lost Blues” is in radio rotation at Italy’s Antenna Web. 🎸 Delrei Drives Down a Lost Highway in the Video for the Gothic Cowboy Tune “Get Lost Blues” at Post-Punk.
🐚Aarktica added to many Spotify playlists. Here are highlights: “Gymnopedie No. 1” on Ambient Soundscapes, “Arcturan Transmission” on Slow Music Movement’s Slow Psyche, “Elegaic” on Nordic Atmospheres, “Golden Hour at Pyramid House” on Pure Ambient and Zen Chill and Ambient Daily. While Last Day Leaf writes about the recent Paeans album, “As you delve into this epic and melancholic composition, reminiscent of Labradford’s magnetic album Mi Media Naranja (Kranky, 1997), prepare for a profound and introspective musical journey.”
Frederick Key Smith, Ph.D., Musicologist, writes: I’ve been a fan of Jeff Greinke’s music for several decades now and am always excited when he releases a new album – not to hear more of what he’s been doing, but to hear what direction his music is now going. I say this because every single one of his albums is different, each in its own unique style. Such is certainly the case with A Thousand Year Flood, which I feel safe saying is the most meditative, reflective, and introspective of his over two dozen albums. It is rather minimalistic, featuring slowly-drifting piano melodies accompanied by strings and ambient electroacoustic treatments. At times the strings provide harmonic support, while at other times sedate screeches in the violins mix with droning cellos to create a haunting, lonely, almost dreamlike atmosphere. The occasional inclusion of deep clarinet embellishments on some tracks adds additional texture to an already rich and dark tapestry. But as words are rarely enough to describe an album, it’s often safe to turn to its cover art. Such is certainly the case here, where the grey monochromatic photograph of a rough lonely road heading into a forbiddingly dark storm describes perfectly the music’s mood – we’re not in the storm yet, but it is approaching. Or, rather, we are approaching it. CD also available from Amazon, if you want to pop it into your prime order.
I did a joint interview with Patrick Ogle and host Matt Muchowsk on Lumpen Radio. Listen to the full episode on Mixcloud. Pat was Projekt’s promo director in the classic 1995-1999 era; it was fun to hear his memories of Projekt, the artists, and what-ever-all-else we talked about.
Here’s exciting news: Shea and I decided that all 2023 Projekt releases will launch as Name-Your-Price downloads at Projekt’s Bandcamp! Crazy! Unheard of! How can you do this?!?! While crunching the sales data on our 2023 releases to date, I discovered that through the generosity of donations from loyal fans (that’s you!) our Name-Your-Price releases do more business (income and downloads) then when I assign a price.
I know! It’s counterintuitive. We’re in the upside down. This is music business 2023!
Friday July 14 is Bastille Day, celebrating a major event in the French Revolution when a bunch of music fans stormed and seized control of the medieval armoury and overthrew the carts of capitalism (maybe I have some of my facts wrong? 🤔). We hope you will join us in celebrating our revolution by exploring the lovely new releases Projekt offers and chip in a little something when you can. Projekt splits your donation 50/50 with the artist; it actually adds up to money! How? ’cause you’re good people, and you support art!
Like you, we feel the lingering upward creep of prices — musical gear expenses and personal expenses — so we understand that not everyone can chip in when they download our music. That’s ok… it does all seem to work out in the end. Do what you can!
Here’s our pièce de résistance for the week: Round Trip was the 2nd cassette released on Projekt (1984) and my first solo album. It’s digitally remastered and Name-Your-Price right now on Bandcamp. On the 14th it will stream at Spotify, Apple Music and everywhere else. Watch this video I recently edited (using stock footage + some of my own shoots) for the synthwave track “Looking Glass.”
We can’t thank you enough for your support!
😘 Sam (and Shea)
Current Name-Your-Price titles:Sam Rosenthal: Round Trip (1984) • Bandcamp Genres: Minimal Wave, Electronic, Synthwave, Vaporwave. Influenced by John Carpenter and Tangerine Dream soundtracks, Soft Cell minimal synth, and sweeping romantic Jean-Michel Jarre electronics, Round Trip is future Black Tape For A Blue Girl founder Sam Rosenthal’s first foray into electronic music. DELREI: Desolation and Radiation • Bandcamp Post-Punk.com writes: “Bathed in mysterious, electric guitar twangs and spectral tunes dusted with age, DELREI conducts a Spaghetti Western symphony of the post-apocalyptic West. We hear echoes of the iconic compositions of Ennio Morricone, the brooding rock ‘n’ roll vibe of Chris Isaak, the atmospheric melodies of Angelo Badalamenti, the eerie dreamworld of David Lynch (particularly Wild At Heart and Lost Highway,) and the expressive guitar strings of James Wilsey.” Area: Radio Caroline (2023 remaster) • Bandcamp The Chicago Reader’s GOSSIP WOLF column writes: “In the late 1980s, Urbana-Champaign trio Area crafted glistening goth-tinged pop; in retrospect, the work of vocalist Lynn Canfield and multi-instrumentalists Henry Frayne and Steve Jones seems like an obvious precursor to contemporary dream pop and shoegaze. Thanks to a recent placement of the album’s track ‘Head Above Water’ on the Hulu show Cruel Summer, plenty of new fans should be finding their way to Area soon!” Nova Cat Purring Sounds: StellarPurr • Bandcamp Genres: Meditation, relaxation, ASMR, healing, new age. Goldmine writes: “On their second collaboration, Nova Cat and Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s Sam Rosenthal take the purrs to deep space… a symphony for contented kitty and darkly cinematic deep space drifting, through which Nova Cat might be the engines that take you where you’re going. Or might be whatever is waiting when you get there.”