2 Could I Stay the Honest One – 2022 Serpent Version
To thank the 260 backers that pledged $13,282 to help bring Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s A chaos of desire reissue Kickstarter to life, the current 3-piece “Serpent” line-up releases a 2-song single with neoclassical reinterpretations of two songs from the 1991 album.
The focus on strings and vocals reveals a new shine upon the dark existential beauty. These passionate tales inhabit a chaotic realm of memory, fear and desire confronting pained emotions. Synthesist Sam Rosenthal is joined by Swedish cellist Henrik Meierkord and vocalist Jon DeRosa.
Sam Rosenthal writes:
While planning the Kickstarter for A chaos of desire I wondered how to bring the 2022-era band into the past and involve us in the campaign. Inspiration strikes!!! We could record new neo-classical versions of tracks from chaos. I formed these recordings by reusing my synth parts from the digitized 1990 8-track master tape; Jon and Henrik added vocals and strings in their respective hometowns (Los Angeles & Stockholm, Sweden). Then — like when I mixed The Cleft Serpent — I pulled as much of myself out of the mix as I could to end up with lush, beautiful, mournful versions of “A chaos of desire” & “Could i stay the honest one.”
Jon and I tossed around ideas and thought it would be a wonderful surprise at the end of the campaign to give the band’s fans something entirely fresh: our reinterpretations of the past. We’re thanking everyone for their pledges which brought us to the funding goal; and thanking everyone who has enjoyed the band in the 31 years since we released A chaos of desire.
The single will be at all streaming sites on April 15.
Bandleader and synthesist Sam Rosenthal is joined by Swedish cellist and experimental musician Henrik Meierkord and vocalist Jon DeRosa, the latter known for his projects Aarktica, Dead Leaves Rising & Pale Horse and Rider. With this line-up, their poetic and profound pathos has gracefully evolved to a minimalist trio — the subtle, dramatic interweaving of synth and strings is the ideal basis for Jon’s expressive, sorrowful voice.
Blending darkwave, ambient and neoclassical, the unique character of this introspective and starkly compelling music seamlessly befits the lyrical despair. These two tracks are a captivatingly elegant addition to Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s 36+ year discography.
Projekt release: April 15, 2022